A Smile From Heaven...

Thu, 15 Nov 2001

...shines down on us tonight. Our dear sweet Philip has gone home. What words, are there any? We were with him, and now we're not. He is happier now than we can imagine, and our hearts our broken. We must get up in the morning and face the day, his days are never ending. Our hearts are broken, but Phil is at rest and he so longed for that, today especially. God's timing is perfect in all things. We can't even absorb the reality of it yet, that will come, and with it more tears than we can imagine, but through the tears we will remember our wonderful son, what a gift he was and is to us, and we will cling to the memories, rejoice in his life, thank God for each day, and keep following our Savior until the day He leads us home where good-byes are not even spoken.

Phil liked this verse, so we are sharing it with you.

Philippians 1:18-23
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that
through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit
of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out
for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I
will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient
courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted
in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me,
to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go
on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor
for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I
am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be
with Christ, which is better by far...

Thank you so much for all your love and prayers and support. We can't tell you how much we appreciate all of you in helping us through this time, and the days ahead.

Love, The Shore's