A 5th Birthday in Heaven

Today is my sweet and precious nephew’s 5th birthday. However, we don’t get to celebrate him like we wish we could. While he is having the party of a lifetime in heaven, we are doing what we can to honor him here on earth. I am so thankful for all of the memories, videos, and pictures I have of and with him, but I am even more thankful that he is with our Savior, Jesus Christ!

I hate that this picture was fuzzy, but this was one of my favorite visits with him. We played in the water and ate chips and guacamole… does it get any better than that? And could he be any cuter? Today I am want to share a story that I have shared before, The Brave Little Soul. It’s so touching and so true and the last paragraph speaks right to my heart. I hope it blesses you today! We miss you and love you so much Kai!

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The Brave Little Soul by John Alessi

Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world. He especially enjoyed the love he saw there and often expressed this joy with God. One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day he saw suffering in the world. He approached God and sadly asked, “Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?”

God paused for a moment and replied, “Little soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people’s hearts.” The little soul was confused. “What do you mean,” he asked. God replied, “Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone.”

The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, “The suffering soul unlocks the love in people’s hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed. I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone. They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt. But a suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this – it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer – to unlock this love – to create this miracle – for the good of all humanity.”

Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain himself. With his wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied, “I am brave; let me go! I would like to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people’s hearts! I want to create that miracle!”

God smiled and said, “You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request. But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone. I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey. Those souls will help you create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others. They have already chosen a name for you.”

God and the brave little soul shared a smile, and then embraced. In parting, God said, “Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always. Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength. And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed.”

Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through his suffering and God’s strength, he unlocked the goodness and love in people’s hearts. For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love. Priorities became properly aligned. People gave from their hearts. Those that were always too busy found time. Many began new spiritual journeys – some regained lost faith – many came back to God. Parents hugged their children tighter. Friends and family grew closer. Old friends got together and new friendships were made. Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together. Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned. Lives changed forever. It was good. The world was a better place. The miracle had happened. God was pleased.

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  • Sheryl
    Posted at 06:20h, 27 June Reply

    Thinking of you and your family today!! I so appreciate reading this story this morning. Thank You!

  • Lavonne @ the OCD infertile
    Posted at 07:24h, 27 June Reply

    Happy Birthday in Heaven little guy!

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 09:07h, 27 June Reply

    Happy Birthday to that brave little soul. Such a short time here on earth but he touched so many hearts. Much love to your family today.

  • Elisha
    Posted at 09:13h, 27 June Reply

    Thinking of you and your family today! xoxo

  • Amanda
    Posted at 09:26h, 27 June Reply

    He is just the sweetest thing. I love his laugh at the end of the video 🙂 Happy birthday, Kai!

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 10:17h, 27 June Reply

    That story is the absolute sweetest thing. Big hugs to you today Caroline.

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 10:22h, 27 June Reply

    Those dates are always a heart tugger.
    Its hard to wrap your mind around what life would be like with them here at a older age…
    I know you’re hanging onto the JOY of that reunion when you’re all together again.

  • Amy @ Life to the Full
    Posted at 13:43h, 27 June Reply

    What a handsome little man he is! Happy birthday in Heaven, Kai!

  • Brittney Moses
    Posted at 16:53h, 27 June Reply

    Wow this is such a beautiful illustration and shows how God is still so good through our pain and suffering here. Thank you so much for sharing this and Happy Birthday Brave little soul!

  • Mary
    Posted at 17:07h, 27 June Reply

    That was a beautiful story. Every life has a purpose, not matter how long it was for. Wishing you a beautiful day and a Happy Birthday to the handsome boy in heaven.

  • Katelin @ The Road We\'re On
    Posted at 18:12h, 27 June Reply

    I love the celebration of this little guy’s memory. Such a challenging day, but one so very full of love for your family. Thanks for sharing the photo–what a cute boy.

  • Mel Thompson
    Posted at 18:25h, 27 June Reply

    Today is my son’s birthday. I will be reminded of this sweet story every year as we celebrate his birthday. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Gracie Sanchez
    Posted at 19:57h, 27 June Reply

    Thank you for sharing! Praying for you and your family today!

  • Vanessa Sokic
    Posted at 21:04h, 27 June Reply

    Lifting your family up today!

  • Tiffani
    Posted at 22:54h, 27 June Reply

    OMG those eyes of his! I really enjoyed this post. Thank you so much and Happy Birthday in heaven Kai!

  • Mihaela Echols
    Posted at 23:29h, 27 June Reply

    wow great video and I love how you guys turned it into a conversation with him and God to tell a story.

  • Pamela
    Posted at 23:38h, 27 June Reply

    So beautiful. Praying God will comfort your hearts. These days are hard. I try to tell myself it’s just a date, but, as I’m sure you’ve found, my heart never understands that.

  • ellesees.net
    Posted at 07:50h, 28 June Reply

    I remember your post on him last year. Cannot believe it’s another birthday in heaven. Thoughts and love to you and your family.

  • Amie
    Posted at 10:23h, 28 June Reply

    Happy birthday to sweet Kai in Heaven!

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 18:07h, 28 June Reply

    Oh, sweet friend! This is so heart-wrenching! I am SO sorry. I know he is with Jesus, and that is a comfort, but, oh the pain of missing him here! My heart goes out to you more than I can put into words. Still praying for you.

  • Linda
    Posted at 21:06h, 28 June Reply

    Wonderful story. I am going to share this as our devotional tomorrow morning.

  • Kay
    Posted at 12:28h, 29 June Reply

    This is a beautiful post. I am so sorry for your loss, but so thankful that God loves the children and we can have assurance that He is in heaven and in Jesus’ arms!

  • Tara
    Posted at 19:15h, 02 July Reply

    That is a beautiful photo and memory. It doesn’t look fuzzy from here. I am sorry for your loss.

  • Patricia
    Posted at 02:45h, 04 July Reply

    This is so powerful.. Happy birthday dear Kai. Happy birthday brave little soul. ❤️

  • Shirley K Smith
    Posted at 22:36h, 11 May Reply

    Just trying to find words to say to someone who’s child is gone before them. I stumbled on to your page here. I still haven’t any words but I find yours comforting. May God bless you as you bless others. Kai is so sweet your videos are precious. Thank you for sharing. ♥️🙏🏻🥰

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