Happy Birthday Jamie Caulk!
Today, my son, James Lindsay Caulk, would have turned 29. However,he is celebrating his 2nd birthday in Heaven. Jamie left this earth on October 20th, 2011 from injuries he sustained from a car wreck in Nashville,TN.
No one knows what it is like when you lose a child, except other parents who have also lost a child.
We brought big lanterns to light and set off to honor his life. When we got to the field it was windy and we decided it would not be smart to set them off over the football field for fear something might happened to the grass.
The kids went to the top of the Michigan football stadium and tried and tried again to light the lanterns. But it just didn’t work, so we came home and tried once again off our deck. Nope too windy here too, so together we enjoyed Jamie’s favorite dinner, steak and baked potatoes.
I made him his favorite cake, German Chocolate and will be making it again today.
Journey of Grief
Grief is not a journey I would have chosen to walk down. However on that road, my families whole perspective on life has changed. Since the deaths of Jamie and Lillian (Lillian is my granddaughter who died a month after Jamie did) our values and what is important in life is not the same.
Paul said in Philippians 1:21 that “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
To die is gain?
There was a time I did not understand that scripture, but I do now.
Yes we grieve. Jesus also experienced grief, (Isaiah 53:3) but our grief is not without hope. We know our death on earth is not the end…it is just an interruption and we will one day all be together again forever.
Steve Jobs spoke some profound words on death:
“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”
All of us will experience death on earth, that is 100% certain. Life on earth is a vapor, a breath away for all of us.
Birthdays are always a big deal in our family. My son Matthew Caulk, who is a Realtor in the Nashville, Tn area made this video last year to honor Jamie.[vimeo: 661 372]
Stay strong, stay faithful, stay honest, stay loving, stay true to who you are, most importantly stay true to who God is as you’ll be who you are, and you’ll be happy, you’ll be you, you’ll be free. -Jamie Caulk
Happy Birthday James Lindsay Caulk, I miss you like crazy but we will see you soon!