‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.’

Matthew 5:8

When Jimmy, our 3-year-old son died unexpectedly, Jim and I were devastated.  It was especially hard to deal with because he had been sick, supposedly with croup, for less than 24 hours.  And I felt guilty because we had never had him baptized.  We just hadn’t gotten around to it.  I wondered and worried, would he go to Heaven.  I couldn’t believe that a loving, merciful God would not take a small boy to Heaven because his parents had failed to do their duty.  I discussed it with Lois Brown, our friend and Sunday School teacher.  She was confident I had nothing to worry about.  Then one day I reread Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”  Who I thought, can be purer in heart than a 3-year-old boy.  I know I’ll see him again someday in Heaven.

Whenever I hear/read about parents who lost a child, whether it’s through violence, accident or illness, my heart goes out to them.  I know the pain they are going through.  I know they will never get over it but will, with God’s help, learn to live with it.  One day they’ll realize they’ve gone an entire day or even two without thinking about it.  That’s progress.  I never got over it and always pray that they can find peace through Jesus Christ and learn to live with their loss.

I encourage you to say a prayer for the parents, siblings, and family of those precious children, regardless of how old they are, who have gone on before them and are now waiting for them in Heaven.