Out of the mouths of babes!


"One bad day without meds does not define a person's life. We are not here to remember Luanna for how she died, but for how she lived."

I had the incredible privilege and responsibility of preaching my daughter's funeral. The Lord showed me what to say, and He gave me the strength to say it. He doesn't want us to dwell on the tragic circumstances of Luanna's death. Instead, He wants us to be thankful for all the good times we had with her. The good far outweighs the bad! Until we see her again, that is how He wants us to remember her.

Most important of all, He doesn't want Luanna's untimely death to become a stumbling block to our faith. He wants us to trust Him even though we don't understand why. My plan was to use my 16-month old grandson Simon to illustrate this point. But God had a far better plan to use Simon as part of a delightful little miracle. Below is what I said at Luanna's funeral. But pay attention to what Simon said at the end. He had the best word of the day!

I carried Simon slowly down the center aisle of the funeral chapel as I spoke, so everyone could get a good look at him. Look at little Simon. The world is full of things that he doesn’t understand. But he doesn’t wear himself out asking why. He simply trusts his mommy and daddy, and that . . . is enough. The thing is, it doesn’t change when we grow up. IT DOESN’T CHANGE! No matter how old we are, or how smart we think we are, we will still encounter things that we cannot understand. When this happens, instead of asking why, we simply have to trust our Father in Heaven. And that . . . . is enough! At this point Simon startled all of us when he repeated my final word “'Nuff ” . . . . loud enough for everyone to hear!

“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked Him.
“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, from the lips of 
children and infants you have ordained praise.”       (Matt 21:16 NIV)