Sunday, December 25, 2011

Josiah Courage "Joe" Sims age 4 of Towanda, IL passed away at 8:22am on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 pm Friday December 30th at Christ Church PCA. (1301 North Linden, Normal, IL 61761) Pastor Bob Smart and Pastor David Keithley will officiate.

The family will receive friends following the memorial service at the church on Friday.

The family encourages support of a child through Compassion International or a monetary gift to that ministry in memory of Joe.


MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

Oh how I hate that y'all are going through this. I am thankful that you do not have to walk through this alone... but the tears still come.

Much love and prayers lifted on your behalf to our mighty God. He hears, He cares for you, He will carry you until you see precious Joe again!

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

I Thess 4:13-18

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

And so shall we ever be with the LORD.

I can't wait for the "ever" part!

Love y'all.

rosie medina said...

I do not know you, but I heard about your little boy's passing and my heart goes out to you. I pray that God's loving arms embrace you and your family and bring confort and peace. My Love and Prayers.

Leanne said...

You are constantly, constantly on my mind and in my heart, Laura. I just have been thinking about you so much lately.....

I'm praying for you all throughout the day...and night....I'm lifting up your arms right now in this season when maybe you can't lift them up yourself.

Just wanted you to know.

Kimmie said...

Laura and Ian;

Our family is lifting you up. I too am praying day and night. I wish I was closer so I could come and hold you.

Laura...if you or Ian need any specific prayer, please email me. I would love to cover you in prayer.

And I would be happy to give you my phone number if you want someone to talk with. I am here for you.

We love you so much and want to help you anyway we can.

Bless you and may God bring you every comfort you need.

I am so sorry. My heart is with you.


Kimmie said...

Laura can you send me your address (I think I have an older one).


Roni said...

Prayers in your time of need from new reader in Western Pa.. May God hold of all you in his loving arms.. Roni

Renata said...

My dear friend
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you & will continue to be so in the days ahead. May God hold you close.
Love to you. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.
Renata XO

Keri Mae said...

w.o.w. I haven't seen you for *years* and by chance found you via another site, and not only have you gained children, but you have lost one. I'm SO sorry for your loss, and am trusting the Lord to walk you through it. <>

Kimmie said...

Stopping by with a hug. Praying for you dear friend...please let me know if you need anything. Email me and I'll give you my phone number.


Godly-young-widow said...

I just started following your blog and oh my; I was shocked to see that you lost one of yours so suddenly!
My Google-ID about says it all; my husband's death was about a year of the "something's wrong but we don't know what" before he was diagnosed with cancer. His death came 3 weeks later; we HAD been hopeful that he might beat it, or at least have more time to fight it! So, though my loss was different, I know what it is to lose a loved one, so young, so suddenly. Truth be told, if it weren't for knowing about Jesus and His love, I don't know how any of us would make it through such a loss!
I will continue to follow your blog, and pray for you often. Sending hugs from up north in Canada.

colspogue said...

Laura (and Ian), I am praying God's comfort for you today on Josiah's birthday. May you sense God's loving presence as you miss your little boy.
Love, Colleen

Kimmie said...

My heart is with you ...praying for His constant presence. May you, Ian and the kids know His loving embrace.


Katherine said...

I am so sorry. My heart is with you.

Siddharth Maignan said...

Prayers in your time of need from new reader in Western Pa.. May God hold of all you in his loving arms.. Roni