Theo’s Message

In the wake of the tragedy of loosing my son I have heard many common saying that are meant to bring comfort and assurance in this painful time. That “it was God’s time…,” “he’s in a better place” that there is “another angel in Heaven.”

These words alone do not answer the question of why Theodore is gone? They do little to dissuade the pain of me not being able to save my son while I tried so hard in my living room to get him to breath. To tell the doctors to stop trying to save him… the pain of telling them to let him go. Why even though I earnestly prayed to God with my eyes full of tears that He would bring him back to us… only to be answered with having to leave my son’s lifeless body on a hospital bed.

I don’t know why Theodore is gone, I don’t know why our family had to go through this. Why we were given Theodore to have him taken from us just after a short time and so abruptly. But I do know he is gone… and that you are here now with me.

I wanted you to know that Theodore is in a “better place,” that Theodore is in Heaven. While the words alone do not help with the pain, the knowledge that my son is in Heaven does. God has prepared a place for him, John 14:2. That in this place that Jesus has prepared, all of his aliments will no longer hinder him. There is no more pain, no more suffering and God will wipe away every tear as stated in Revelation 21:4. So I can be happy that Theodore is beyond happy, there is no better place for him than to be in the presence of God.

So not those words alone but the knowledge and faith that go with them bring my family comfort. Knowing that Theodore is in the best of care and that I will see him again in Heaven. That as King David said in 2 Samuel 12:23 regarding the loss of his own child. That we can not bring our child back but we will go to see him.

Just as we have that faith, I want everyone else here to have that faith and assurance also. So that you know what lies on the other side, that you can know you are going to Heaven. It might be selfish of me, wanting the death of my son to mean something. But all this pain and heart ache to me will be worth it if Theodore’s life and death touches just one person enough to come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Goodbye Theo

2 Samuel 12:16-23:

16 David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. 17 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. 18 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.” 19 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.” 20 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. 21 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.” 22 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?’ 23 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.”

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My baby boy is gone, he passed away late Sunday night. I am broken and torn, my heart aches. The pain of loosing Theodore Elijah, is great upon me.

We knew this would be a tough road and the thought that I would survive my son was always in the back of my mind. But this was so soon, I selfishly wish that I had more time on this earth with my baby boy.

Theodore, you were true to your name sake, you were God’s gift to us. I find comfort in that Yahweh is my God (Elijah). I pray that I can find the strength that King David did in his own son’s passing. For you will not return to me, but I shall someday go to you.

I will forever love and miss you, my baby boy, Theodore Elijah.

-Daddy

PHP Developer Interview Questions

Name the Four Fundamental Principles of OOP?
What is the difference between PUBLIC, PRIVATE AND PROTECTED
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Describe the difference between double equals (==) and triple equals (===)
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