I'm sorry for the drastic contrast between yesterday's light-hearted post and today's tragedy. I share this news with a heavy heart and a deep sadness for the family of this sweet young man. I could hardly sleep last night, waking and thinking of Marsha's grief. This morning I dedicated two pages in my prayer journal to all the things I am hoping for their family in these coming days. I wanted to dedicate this post to the happy memory of her son... the smile and life he brought to their family - the happiness that he brought... and the future he has already begun in Heaven.
We mortals can not understand the ways of the Lord - the timing of His perfect plan for our lives. It seems so hard to fathom a young child being taken so early, before he has yet lived a full life. No amount of wisdom about the scriptures can ease the grief of a mother's heart... but Jesus can carry and comfort us in our time of need.
1 The righteous perish,
and no one ponders it in his heart;
devout men are taken away,
and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away
to be spared from evil.
2 Those who walk uprightly
enter into peace;
they find rest as they lie in death.
This is what my prayer is for his family... that they would be carried, comforted, blessed, and at peace - knowing that even if their little star has gone on to the heavens... his life was a bright blessing, and that he will be waiting for them on high.
Marsha is a dearly loved blogging friend of mine. Many of you probably know her. There will be countless tributes today to her sweet 'Dozer' and their family all around the blogosphere. If you have one that you would like to share, please leave me a link. I'll try and gather up the links to share them here for you as I find them.
TRIBUTES TO DOZER
Heart of the Matter's Sweet Tribute Post
Jocelyn's Request for Prayers
Super Angel is Heartbroken
Amy shares a Video of Christian (Dozer) Singing
SisLisa Shares a Special Prayer Request
Nikowa's Loving Tribute
Without Words at Joyful Chaos
Rachel's reaching out to Marsha
Lisa shares her Tribute to Christian
A Tribute to Dozer by Angela
Dawn's Prayers are with the Drews Family
Suzanne adds a Linky for Marsha and all who wish to share their post
Pat Asks for Prayers
Mommy Matters Celebrates Marsha and her Son
MandyMom Can't Imagine
Renae's request for Songs for Marsha's New IPOD
Amy shares her same post from HOTM at her own site
Until They Meet Again - by Hallie
Please remember her family in your prayers for as long as you can. They will need our love this year and onward.
Please read this article, entitled "How to Help During the Loss of a Child". It will give you valuable insight as to what you can do for the Drews family.
And Marsha, if you are reading... here's a poem that I read at my husband's best friend's funeral... he died when he was 27, leaving behind a 5 month old baby and a 2 year old - and a wife who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Just a few short months before he died, he had been baptized... and he did cartwheels down the aisle afterwards. That was the kind of joyful person Ken was. It was hard for all of us to let him go... but God called him home. I pray you will know in your heart that God loves you - and that 'Dozer' is smiling down - waiting to welcome his family home one day.
A Voice of the Departed
I shine in the light of God,
His likeness stamps my brow;
Through the valley of death my feet have trod,
And I reign in glory now.
I have reached the joys of heaven,
I am one of the sainted band;
To my head a crown of gold is given,
And a harp is in my hand.
No sin, no grief, no pain;
Safe in my happy home,
My fears all fled, my doubts all slain,
My hour of triumph's come.
Oh friends of mortal years,
The trusted and the true,
Ye are waiting still in the valley of tears,
But I wait to welcome you.
Do I forget? Oh no,
For memory's golden chain
Shall bind my heart to the hearts below,
Till they meet to touch again.
- Author Unknown
Cards or Correspondence can be mailed to:
David and Marsha Drews
c/o Rachel Harris
12830 N. Cypress Lane
Tomball, TX 77377
Right now the family has asked that if you feel led to donate, please donate to their church mission fund in Christian's name. As I get that information from the family, I'll certainly edit this post to include it. Marsha has just requested that we all continue to pray and remember her sweet little angel.
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