Our Brave Little Soul

Today is Kai’s 3rd birthday. Although my immediate response as this day approached was it was going to be a really bad, awful, awful day I realized that with Jesus it doesn’t have to be. Do we miss Kai more than anything? Yes! Does it make us so sad that he isn’t here on his 3rd birthday? Yes! Are we still heartbroken and grieving? Yes! But, I think instead of moping around about what a bad day it is going to be it would be better to celebrate him and his full life he lived. I don’t know how birthdays work in heaven, but I’m guessing every day feels like a birthday – just one big continuous party and I’m grateful I have that image. I know that even though we are still grieving, we are able to grieve with hope knowing he is completely healed and in heaven.


Today, in honor of Kai, I’m asking that those who want to honor Kai’s birthday would bless someone or do a random act of kindness. It can be something so easy like asking a stranger how their day is, opening a door for someone, buying a friend lunch, or sending a card to a friend. Next week, I’m going to be sharing what I have been doing this month for others.

This story (and video below) was shared at his celebration of life service and I wanted to share it today. It’s so touching and so true. The last paragraph just speaks right to my heart.

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.

  • Barbara
    Posted at 05:41h, 27 June Reply

    What a powerful message of love. Praying for you and your family’s strength and sending you support and love today my sister in Christ.

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 06:21h, 27 June Reply

    What a beautiful message of finding the hope during grief sweet friend. My prayers continue with you and your family during this incredibly difficult time. Sending lots of prayers and hugs across the miles.
    Rebecca 🙂

  • Allison
    Posted at 06:57h, 27 June Reply

    What a beautiful message. It is absolutely perfect and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing! You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending so much love your way!

  • Chelsea
    Posted at 07:35h, 27 June Reply

    This is so special. Happy 3rd birthday sweet Kai. I bet you have the best birthday in heaven. Caroline, you and your family are in my prayers today. Keep glorifying Him, it’s beautiful.

  • Elena
    Posted at 07:49h, 27 June Reply

    Happy 3rd birthday to beautiful angel baby Kai! I will be sure to pay it forward in his honor today! Have a good day and prayers and thoughts to your family on this day! Stay strong!

  • Megan Davis
    Posted at 07:53h, 27 June Reply

    Happy birthday Lai! I love the picture that every day is better than a birthday celebration in Heaven 🙂

  • Erika B.
    Posted at 07:57h, 27 June Reply

    Awww…happy birthday, sweet Kai. I hope you and your family are able to celebrate today, Caroline. We’ll be thinking of you.

  • Lauren
    Posted at 08:32h, 27 June Reply

    Love you, my dear… Praying for peace and overflowing, joyful memories of sweet Kai today. Amen and amen.

  • Aimee
    Posted at 08:38h, 27 June Reply

    Oh that story! So beautiful! I can only imagine the amazing birthday celebration that Kai is having in heaven. I will praying for peace for your family as you celebrate his life today. Happy birthday, sweet boy!

  • Ursula
    Posted at 10:12h, 27 June Reply

    What a story and I love the idea of doing a random act of kindness as a gift for Kai. Happy birthday to him

  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy}
    Posted at 10:20h, 27 June Reply

    Aww what a great video 🙂 And what a great attitude you have, Caroline! Happy birthday little Kai! Definitely a better birthday in Heaven!

  • This Child's Mom
    Posted at 10:41h, 27 June Reply

    So, so sweet. Happy birthday Kai! You are so loved!

  • Caitlin | belong with wildflowers
    Posted at 11:21h, 27 June Reply

    Happy birthday to your sweet baby boy. Your strength amazes me, and I’m humbled by it. Saying prayers for your family today 🙂

  • Amanda
    Posted at 12:02h, 27 June Reply

    Wow! What a tough day! I hope you and your family are showered with love, comforted by the Lord, and able to celebrate sweet Kai!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 12:18h, 27 June Reply

    Happy birthday to that sweet little man. Praising God for the peace of knowing that by his grace and forgiveness we will see our loved ones in heaven.

  • Mrs. E
    Posted at 13:10h, 27 June Reply

    Happy birthday, sweet Kai. You have touched so many lives already, and I know you will continue to do so. Caroline, sending you and your family all our love, and keeping you in our prayers. xo

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 13:57h, 27 June Reply

    I love this story and message that you’re sharing. I love that sweet little boys face and I love the idea of a random act of kindness. Happy Birthday Kai. Sending you and your family so much love. xoxo

  • Tiffany @ A Touch of Grace
    Posted at 15:13h, 27 June Reply

    What a great video of him. It made me cry. Happy Birthday Kai. Love to you and your family today.

  • Elisha
    Posted at 16:29h, 27 June Reply

    Happy sweet birthday Kai!! I am going to pay for someone’s dinner this weekend in honor of him. smooches!

  • Jaclyn
    Posted at 17:04h, 27 June Reply

    This was beautiful – and I love how you’re choosing to bless instead of moping around in sadness and grief. Grief and sadness is normal but refusing to learn from it and give back to others never makes sense to me (although it may take some time to get there) – I am so encouraged and humbled to see this kind of response. Thank you for sharing this – that story was so comforting – and today that precious little boy is in heaven running, laughing and playing through the streets of gold pain free FOREVER!!! How comforting to know you never have to worry about him EVER again and will see him in a twinkling of an eye!!!
    Lots of prayers for you this weekend – I prayed for you at lunch today. I wondered why you randomly came to mind and wouldn’t leave! 😉 xoxo

  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    Posted at 14:06h, 29 June Reply

    Such a beautiful message. I am teary after reading and watching.

    Sending you so much love and thinking of you. May God continue to provide strength and comfort to all of you.

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 16:25h, 29 June Reply

    oh caroline, so much goodness and positivity and *love* in this post. that story about the little soul was beautiful, and i want to make a printable out of the “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” bit. so lovely. and, i have to tell you, i know Kai is happy and smiling with God, looking down and marveling at how much love you all have for him <3

  • Gen Delali
    Posted at 09:12h, 04 July Reply

    i hope you’re strengthened as you celebrate this lovely soul. i’m really moved by the story, thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 18:36h, 11 July Reply

    What a precious video.

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