Today our grandson Joshua celebrates his 8th birthday....and his second birthday without Susie and I in his life. It's been 2 long years since he and his sisters were taken away in the divorce aftermath and to this day we have no earthly idea where they are at or how they are doing (or what they are being told about our absence) Regardless of what they are led to believe, we rarely go more than an hour or so without grieving for them, interceding and praying for them, and shedding tears for them. I feel that there is a hole in my heart where these beautiful gifts from God have been stolen from our lives and I will NEVER stop praying and longing for their restoration to us....and they WILL be restored to us! So, in honor of Joshua Michael Williamsons birthday, I write the following "open" letter to him with the hopes that somehow, someway he will be able to see it and KNOW he is loved and missed!
Gramma and I want to wish you a very Happy and Blessed 8TH birthday and wish we could be there to share in your special day. It doesn't seem possible that you are turning 8 already! We want you to KNOW beyond any shadow of a doubt that you are loved and missed and we are praying for you constantly. We still remember you playing here in the creek and helping with the chores....all the books we read (especially the Ginger Bread Man....YO!)...eating pancakes and cookies....hotdogs and hamburgers....having bonfires and listening to the owls. Our life is lacking in your absence and we long for the day that we can see you again and assure you that we did not abandon you and your sisters and that NONE of this was our doing or our desire. We have continued to pray for GODS blessings and protection to be upon you and trust in the goodness of the Almighty to see you through anything that you face. Please trust in the following scriptures we are praying for you:
Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
Joshua 1: 5-6 (New Living Translation) No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I WILL NOT FAIL YOU OR ABANDON YOU. Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them.
Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
I Thessalonians 3:16~ "Now, may the Lord of peace Himself, give you peace at all times and in every way. the Lord be with all of you (and all of us.) Amen.
John 17:11,15,17~ "Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your Name so that they may be one., My prayer is not that you take them out of the world, but that you protect them from the evil one. Sanctify them by the truth, for Your Word is truth."
Have a very Happy Birthday and know that you are in our hearts, our minds, and our prayers. We LOVE you Joshua!
Gramma & Grandpa Williamson