Remembering Daniel

The fourth of May is a birthday for a little boy. His name is Daniel. There would be four candles on his cake, if he were here with his Dad and Mom and two brothers. He is not here, he is some place better. 

I wrote this the day after he was born,

Yesterday I lost one of my grandsons. I never got the chance to meet him. Diane had to fly down to Florida to be with our daughter and her husband after we learned that her unborn baby boy who was going to be with us in just a few weeks was not going to be with us for long. I couldn't go with her and so I have been leaning on love of friends and hugging the dog. I guess it has been Teddy's job to wash away my tears...and there has been a lot of them. 

As usual when I and my family are going thru a tough and emotional time I pray and I write........

Daniel, my dear grandson:

You were with us for such a short time today and then you were gone. Your life was a sunset, here for a moment and then no more. Now your Mother, Father and Grandparents are left with memories of what we hoped you would bring to our lives. We looked forward to hearing you laugh, seeing you smile, holding you in our arms. 

You are loved by your Mom and Dad and your brother and the rest of your family. I hope you know that. 

The Bible tells us that you are wonderfully made, designed by God Himself. The book of Psalms says that God knew you before he placed you in your mother's womb. You must be something really special for God to change His mind and take you back to be with Him. I know you are special. You were so small and only hours old when you had to leave us. But I promise you, you have already done what only a child of loving parents can do. You have brought your Mom and Dad closer together. You have made them love your big brother all the more. You have made us all draw closer to God. 

There is a time to be born, a time to die, a time to laugh and a time to be sad and a time to morn. Only God knows why the time between those things is short or long.

Daniel don't be sad for us, don't morn for us, we will survive. 

Daniel, I want you to laugh!
I want you to shout for joy because you are with your Heavenly Father!

There is one more thing I want you to do. When Jesus comes to your room, and I know you have one, because the Bible says so, and he offers you His hand to hold and says, "Let's take a walk," go with Him.

When He shows you all the wonderful Heavenly things He has made including the planets and the stars, remember that all of us, your Mom and Dad, your brother, and your grandparents will be looking at them too. Daniel, we will be thinking of you and looking forward to the day that we can take that walk together.

With all my love, 

Your Grandfather. 

In Memory of Daniel Thomas Wheeler
Born 5/4/2011 Died 5/4/2011