November 2, 2005 -- Gralon Rhys Kimble was born!
What a joyful day for his parents and big sister as we were all so excited to welcome him home and love him unconditionally. Gralon was our first son, our second child and we believed the final piece to the family we dreamed of having. I can’t even describe how excited we were to receive both a daughter and a son from the Lord. Gralon had red hair and blue eyes. He loved playing with his sister and playing outside. He was a Spiderman enthusiast, skilled with any ball he could get his hands on, and loved almost everything mom cooked. His big sister, Teagan, was so loving toward her little brother and they became the best of buddies. As parents, it was so satisfying and just made our hearts want to burst to see them playing together, laughing together and loving each other.
On February 24, 2008 the flu bug that had been attacking our family took Gralon Rhys home to be with the Lord very suddenly and very unexpectedly. We all miss him very much. Today would have been Gralon’s third birthday. His big sister, Teagan, has been asking about celebrating his birthday and she gets the credit for deciding that we would indeed celebrate the day he arrived into our lives. What a blessing that at only four years old, she has the ability to teach us all some things, including how to remember Gralon joyfully. As his mother, I was very emotionally conflicted about how we should celebrate his day and honestly I had not really thought we would put much emphasis on it at all. However, Teagan was very adamant that we would celebrate “bubba boy’s” birthday and I soon realized we weren’t going to be able to let the day slide pass without doing something to acknowledge it, but what? That question was really weighing on me. As much as Teagan wanted to have a birthday party for him, I was dreading trying to plan a birthday for our little boy who isn’t physically here to celebrate with us, who can’t receive the love we so desperately want to shower on him.
As much as I realized Teagan’s need to recognize Gralon’s day, I continued to feel my dread for it. One night, unable to sleep as the feeling weighed on my mind, God gave me an idea which in turn gave me some peace. We should use Gralon’s birthday to remember him and also to spread the message that we so desperately want everyone to hear. The message we spoke at his memorial service and to all who came to comfort us. The message that became more difficult to spread as grief from our loss settled into the reality of our daily lives. But the message that, to our core, we still know is the most important thing anyone hearing our story needs to understand. That is the message of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for us.
With the loss of Gralon we were devastated. Somehow devastated really isn’t even a horrible enough description. But, in the chaos that followed my husband and I both began to tell
others about their need for Jesus. In a time of complete and utter devastation and darkness, we somehow managed to tell people that they needed to be thinking about where they stood with God, our Creator, and if they really understood the sacrifice He made for them.
Gralon was gone from our everyday life and as Bible believing Christians we knew that we would see our little boy again. My husband and I both knew we are saved by grace through
faith. At separate times in our own lives we each made a decision to follow Christ. We chose God’s plan for our life, repented of a life of sin, and embarked on the greatest, hardest, most wonderful, and the only soul satisfying journey of our lives. We knew that the Bible promised us that Gralon, as a child covered by grace, was now with God. We knew he was protected and that he was not suffering, or sad, or even missing us. We knew even then that we would get to see our son again. Yet we were still devastated and we still agonize over not having him with us day in and day out. We love him, so how could we be okay with him not being with us?
It was exciting to see some people in our lives start to make eternal decisions, embarking on their own relationship with God, making the choice to repent from a life of sin and choose to follow after Christ. However, as exciting as that was, it did not make our loss hurt any less. We realized that if we had the choice to sacrifice Gralon’s life, knowing it would affect hundreds of people, we would not have given him up. Even if we knew Gralon’s short life could affect thousands or millions of people and make them truly think about where they stood with Christ, we still would not have given up having our son.
Don’t you see? God on the other hand, willingly chose to give up a relationship with his own son. He chose to be separated from his son by death so that all of us could have the choice of everlasting life. As a Christian, I have to admit that I used to question how sacrificial this could really be. Because God is all knowing, he knew everything was going to turn out just fine. Though he knew that his son would be separated from him, he also knew their relationship would be restored and that they would reign together forever. He knew exactly how many people would be changed and saved by hearing of his son’s death and resurrection. So how could it have been that hard?
As Gralon’s parents, we began to understand a little bit more of the depth of the sacrifice that God made for us in a way which we would have never asked. Once my own son became separated from me, I truly realized how difficult a sacrifice that was for God and just how much he loves each and every one of us. Because even as a Christian who loves God and wants to see others choose to follow him, I could never have willingly given up my own son. Even with the knowledge that I will get to spend eternity with him, I wouldn’t have chosen it. But God did choose it. He loved you enough to give up his own son’s life for you and all mankind. God also knew some of you will hear of his sacrifice and still decide to turn your back on him and yet he still made the sacrifice so you would have the choice. It’s a choice only you can make for yourself.
So what will you choose?
The Bible says...
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
God has provided the only way...
Each person must make a choice...
Our Response must be to receive Christ
We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and receive Him by personal invitation.
The Bible says...
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” John 1:12
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9
Will you receive Jesus Christ right now?
Here is how you can know Christ as YOUR Lord and Saviour:
1. Admit your need. (I am a sinner.)
2. Be willing to turn from your sins. (Repent)
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross, was buried and rose from the grave.
4. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior.)
How to pray:
Dear Lord Jesus,
I know that I am a sinner, and I deserve to be punished for my sins. I believe that You love me and that You died on the cross for me, was buried and rose from the grave. Please forgive me; I want to turn from my sins, and I place my faith in you as my only hope of salvation. I now invite you into my heart and life. Please save me, Lord Jesus. Amen.”
If you prayed this prayer, the Bible says...
“He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God..” 1 John 5:12-13
By receiving Christ, we are born into God’s family through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, who indwells every believer. This is called regeneration, or the “new birth".
This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ.
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