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God has not deserted you or your child

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Welcome and Thank You

The Loss of A Child Is Never Easy

Camri Faith Anderson, the precious daughter of Adam and Terry Anderson of Parkersburg returned to Heaven, in the arms of an angel, on Friday, March 22, 2019, leaving this world from Camden Clark Medical Center.
Greeting her at Heaven’s gate with open arms were her maternal great grandparents, Lee and June Roberts and Ruth Reynolds; and paternal great grandparents Howard and Virginia Gwynn.
Those left to cherish her memory, in addition to her loving parents, are her siblings, Chase Robert, Cole Michael, and Chloe Grace Anderson; maternal grandparents, Bob and Cindy Reynolds; paternal grandparents, Ray and Sue Campbell and James Anderson; and several aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

It is always hard to accept the death of a young person, especially that of a baby.

Our culture idolizes youthfulness. Those who are young are supposedly indestructible.
A person’s death at a young age shatters our dreams of what we picture for their future.
It also threatens our own sense of invulnerability.
d) If life stopped so suddenly for someone so young, what is in store for me?
e) says, “You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”
f) Life on Earth is short. At one moment it is here, and in the next it is gone.
g) But, a life, whatever its length, is of great value to God.
h) We want to live forever because God put the concept of eternity in our hearts. says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
i) It is natural to want to live as long as we can.
j) Thank heavens the Bible teaches us that life does not end when physical life is cut short.
2. What a joy Cooper was to his parents Allen and Crissy and to all his family and friends.
a) Cooper brought joy to everyone around him.
b) He was always laughing, happy, smiling and exploring.
c) He loved to snuggle.
d) Cooper was very expressive and readable with his emotions and although he was unable to communicate in words yet, you always knew exactly what he was feeling.
3. Cooper wasn’t with us very long.
a) Born August 4, 2001, he departed to be with God June 9, 2002; Cooper was only with us 309 days in all.
b) He came into this world premature, being born too early. He struggled just to stay alive.
c) He left this world too early as well.
d) He couldn’t wait to get here and couldn’t wait to leave!
4. Why did God leave him on the Earth such a short time?
5. This reminds me of a story in the Old Testament ().
a) King David and his wife had a newborn son.
b) Their son became desperately sick.
c) He was so ill that they feared he would not last long.
d) King David apparently felt totally helpless.
e) He began to bombard heaven with prayers. He also fasted. He did not eat. He only cared about his child getting through the illness.
f) He lay each night upon the ground, unwilling to undress and rest in a comfortable bed.
g) When others tried to get him more comfortable or to eat something, he completely refused.
h) This went on for seven days until David sensed that the dreaded time had come.
i) His companions had not told him that the child had died. David was in such a sad state they feared that he might do himself some harm. So when the child died, they apparently just murmured among themselves, but did not inform him.
j) But suffering parents are usually very perceptive, and David was aware of the whispers, the unusual quietness.
k) So he asked his servants if the child had died, and they confirmed that he had.
l) Then David did something that totally puzzled everyone.
m) He got up from the ground, washed himself, dressed himself in fresh clothes, and made his way to the house of the Lord.
n) There he worshiped God.
o) He no doubt committed his son to the care and keeping of God.
p) After David had spent some time with God, he went home.
q) And then for the first time in days, he asked for food, and when it arrived, he began to eat.
r) David’s actions puzzled his servants.
s) They thought his real mourning should have just begun.
t) They asked him to explain.
u) Then David uttered these words: "But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me" ().
v) David knew he had a country to govern, many people to care for, a family and remaining children to support and guide.
w) He knew he couldn’t have his little one back in the household.
x) But one day, he believed, they would be reunited. So he relinquished his child to God, and began to look to the future.
y) David knew he would see his son again. This brought him comfort.
z) David knew that his infant son would spend eternity with the Lord and with him.
aa) This knowledge helped David deal with the death of his baby son.
6. What was God possibly trying to accomplish through the wonderful, but short life, of David’s son and the life of Cooper?
a) It makes us ponder our own mortality and our own relationship with God.
b) Cooper’s life and death brought us to church today. We wouldn’t have been here otherwise.
c) If we give ourselves to God in this lifetime, we will see and be with Cooper after our life on earth is over.
d) He is with God right now.

God hurts with you today

Psalm 147:3 ESV
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Psalm 34:17–18 ESV
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

What do I say today?

It is always hard to accept the death of a young person, especially that of a baby.

Our culture idolizes youthfulness. Those who are young are supposedly indestructible.
A person’s death at a young age shatters our dreams of what we picture for their future.
It also threatens our own sense of invulnerability and mortality.
If life stopped so suddenly for someone so young, what is in store for me?
James 4:14 ESV
yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
Life on Earth is short. At one moment it is here, and in the next it is gone.
But, a life, whatever its length, is of great value to God.
We want to live forever because God put the concept of eternity in our hearts.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
Ecclesiates 3:11
It is natural to want to live as long as we can.
Thank heavens the Bible teaches us that life does not end when physical life is cut short.
What a joy Cooper was to his parents Allen and Crissy and to all his family and friends.
b) He was always laughing, happy, smiling and exploring.
c) He loved to snuggle.
d) Cooper was very expressive and readable with his emotions and although he was unable to communicate in words yet, you always knew exactly what he was feeling.
Twenty weeks is not very long.
a) Born August 4, 2001, he departed to be with God June 9, 2002; Cooper was only with us 309 days in all.
b) He came into this world premature, being born too early. He struggled just to stay alive.
c) He left this world too early as well.
d) He couldn’t wait to get here and couldn’t wait to leave!
I am sure we all ask “Why did God leave him on the Earth such a short time?”
This reminds me of a story in the Old Testament
2 Samuel 12:15–23 ESV
Then Nathan went to his house. And the Lord afflicted the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and he became sick. David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. And the elders of his house stood beside him, to raise him from the ground, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them. On the seventh day the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he did not listen to us. How then can we say to him the child is dead? He may do himself some harm.” But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David understood that the child was dead. And David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He is dead.” Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate. Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, ‘Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”
2 Samuel 12:15
King David and his wife had a newborn son.
Their son became desperately sick.
He was so ill that they feared he would not last long.
King David apparently felt totally helpless.
He began to bombard heaven with prayers. He also fasted. He did not eat. He only cared about his child getting through the illness.
He lay each night upon the ground, unwilling to undress and rest in a comfortable bed.
When others tried to get him more comfortable or to eat something, he completely refused.
This went on for seven days until David sensed that the dreaded time had come.
His companions had not told him that the child had died. David was in such a sad state they feared that he might do himself some harm. So when the child died, they apparently just murmured among themselves, but did not inform him.
But suffering parents are usually very perceptive, and David was aware of the whispers, the unusual quietness.
So he asked his servants if the child had died, and they confirmed that he had.
Then David did something that totally puzzled everyone.
He got up from the ground, washed himself, dressed himself in fresh clothes, and made his way to the house of the Lord.
m) He got up from the ground, washed himself, dressed himself in fresh clothes, and made his way to the house of the Lord.
There he worshiped God.
o) He no doubt committed his son to the care and keeping of God.
He no doubt committed his son to the care and keeping of God just like we are doing here today.
After David had spent some time with God, he went home.
And then for the first time in days, he asked for food, and when it arrived, he began to eat.
David’s actions puzzled his servants.
They thought his real mourning should have just begun.
They asked him to explain.
Then David uttered these words: "But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me" ().
David knew he had a country to govern, many people to care for, a family and remaining children to support and guide.
He knew he couldn’t have his little one back in the household.
But one day, he believed, they would be reunited. So he relinquished his child to God, and began to look to the future.
David knew he would see his son again. This brought him comfort.
David knew that his infant son would spend eternity with the Lord and with him.
This knowledge helped David deal with the death of his baby son.
I pray this family have that same knowledge.
The loss of one so young, It makes us ponder our own mortality and our own relationship with God.
Camri Faith’s life and death brought us here today. We wouldn’t have been here otherwise.
However, we know that If we give ourselves to God in this lifetime, we will see and be with Camri Faith after our life on earth is over.
She is with God right now.
It is important to know that God is for you. God is with you in the midst of it all and will help you through it. God is for you. What is more, God gave up his own son for us all.
(Adam and Terry) , God understands your pain. God had a son who died also.
It may be easy to think that, "Sure, but Jesus rose from the dead." Well, because Jesus rose to new life, you can be confident that Camri Faith has new life also, one that can never be snatched away from her - or from you.
Today - in our grief - know – Camri Faith is Rejoicing in heaven. Cling to that hope - that promise of our God - and allow your tears to help to wash away the pain in the days and months to come.
Knowing that God is near to you.

Even more than that

In an exchange with his disciples from , we see the heart of Christ for children.
Mark 10:13–16 ESV
And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
Today, we cannot hinder this little one from goin to Christ.
Today, we mourn
Today, we may have questions that cannot be answered.
Today, we may be angry. Maybe even to the point of shaking our fists at God.
But today, Camri Faith has been gathered in the arms of Jesus. When his hands touched her. No pain will ever touch her again. No tear will ever fall from her eye.
Revelation 21:4 ESV
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Today, we may not understand this terrible loss. But today, we cling to the promises of scripture that ensure us a future reunion.
That reunion is found in the person of Jesus Christ
Philippians 3:20 ESV
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Philippians
1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 ESV
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
As Christians, it is our conviction that our loved ones move on into the nearer presence of God, where they shall hunger no more, thirst any more; where they are forever in the presence of a good and loving God. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water; and God himself will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Having this faith, we now commend into God’s keeping Camri Faith Anderson. We release her into Gods great mercy by which we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Today, God’s peace is hers.
Today, May God’s peace will be ours as well.
Pray and Close
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