Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Prepared Speech For the Funeral

Steve & I would like to welcome you all here. We are so blessed to be surrounded by all of your heartfelt wishes, prayers, and words of encouragement. This service is in honor and celebration of the life we have been so privileged to nurture and carry:
As Elijah’s parents we invite you to join us as we bless the Lord for all He has done.

This service is no ordinary funeral service. Tonight we ask that you join us as we Worship God for His Excellent Gift: Our Precious Elijah.

On Sunday May 18th, 2008 as we were in worship service, My heart was broken at the thought that my Elijah, who, at the time, was patting and kicking during worship, would not be with me forever; My heart was filled with a serene yet rushing wave of peace As I listened to the worship song which said “HOLY, HOLY IS HE, WORTHY IS THE LAMB” I felt the Lord speak to my heart and say “ JUST AS A DEER PANTS FOR WATER AND YOUR SOUL LONGS FOR ME SO IT IS WITH ELIJAH FROM THE VERY FIRST BEAT OF HIS HEART HE HAS LONGED TO WORSHIP ME- WHEN I TAKE HIM HOME HE WILL BE WORSHIPING AT MY FEET AS YOU LONG TO DO ALSO” in that very moment as the worship played I rejoiced with gladness at the thought that every time I worship and sing to My Lord and Savior I will be joined with my baby boy and in those very moments we will be worshiping together.

Along this painful path we were blessed to meet friends who we bonded with through the internet whom had also been chosen to embark on this long road of loving our little ones through the pain of knowing all too soon their names would be called on Heavens Nursery Roll.

Please join with us as we sing these few worship songs together with Elijah,
Baby Asher + Isaac, Baby Jacob + Baby Joshua, Baby Eva.


  1. I don't know if you've heard this song. . .but it makes me think of you. Here are the lyrics. Please listen to the song when you can, it's the most beautiful tribute to what YOU have done, and what GOD has done. You are an inspiration.
    May God bless you.

    I Will Carry You
    There were photographs I wanted to take. . .
    Things I wanted to show you
    Sing sweet lullabies, wipe your teary eyes
    Who could love you like this?

    People say that I am brave but I'm not
    Truth is I'm barely hanging on
    But there's a greater story
    Written long before me
    Because He loves you like this

    So I will carry you
    While your heart beats here
    Long beyond the empty cradle
    Through the coming years
    I will carry you
    All my life
    And I will praise the One Who's chosen me
    To carry you

    Such a short time
    Such a long road
    All this madness
    But I know
    That the silence
    Has brought me to His voice
    And He says...

    I've shown her photographs of time beginning
    Walked her through the parted seas
    Angel lullabies, no more teary eyes
    Who could love her like this?

    I will carry you
    While your heart beats here
    Long beyond the empty cradle
    Through the coming years
    I will carry you
    All your life
    And I will praise the One Who's chosen Me
    To carry you

    These lyrics were written by Angie Smith (in collaboration with her husband Todd from Selah and Christa Wells) to her daughter Audrey Caroline.

  2. I cannot even tell you how honored I am that you are remembering my boys along wih your own. I know how difficult this time is and I want you to know I am here if you need anything...if you want me to give you a call or whatever please please let me know! I am loving you and praying for you so much!


  3. I have been following your blog for the last few months, waiting for what the outcome would be for your family.

    I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Elijah. Nothing prepares you for it, even if you've been "preparing" for it.

    I admire your faith, your strong words of trust, and your dependence on the Lord for your healing.

    Jesus comfort you in these coming days and months.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. But the way you wrote everything out is amazing. God is good, even if we don't always understand why he does what he does!

  5. God Bless you and your fmaily as you go through this wilderness. Be still and just listen and see God.....although we would never choose it, it is a beautiful place to be and perfect in His will. In Christ,

    Karen Fahmer (Jacob Ryan's Mom)

  6. May the Lord just continue to wrap His loving arms around you and hold you close. Oh how I have prayed for you and your family. Checking on the progress of your family. You and your family will be continually lifted up and placed at the feet of Him who loves you oh so much!!!!!

  7. Hi Marie,

    I just want to let you know I am thinking about you and praying you through this rough time. I can't imagine the feeling of your loss, but I am asking the Lord to be extra gentle with your hearts during this time. I pray you are doing okay, as well as you can.

    Love, Laurie in So. Ca.

  8. how did the service go?