6.22.2007

An Answer to Prayer

Rose Garden in St. Paul's Cathedral
June 2007

My iTunes: Lay Me Down by Andrew Peterson

"Rejoice with me, I have found my lost sheep."
Luke 15:6
NIV

Many of you have been sending your thoughts and prayers out about little Joshua. You can click here and here to read the story of what happened. He has been missing after the small sailboat that he and his dad were in capsized and sank. His father managed to come up but Joshua got caught in the rigging and went under with the boat. Search teams and divers from all over the US have been searching for him since June 8th. Today at the end of a prayer vigil at Lake Jocassee, they finally found Joshua. I just know the family is so relieved to have him back so they can lay him to rest. They have stated countless times how they know he is in heaven with his Father and that are no prayers needed for him. Instead, they asked for prayers to go out to all the people helping in this search...for their eyes to see, for discernment, and rest for their bodies and souls as they spend hour after hour searching the area where the boat went down. Thanks so much for all your tireless work...

I am so grateful for this answer to prayer.

23 comments:

talj said...

I am glad that Joshua's family can now lay their darling little boy to rest.

A very fitting image for your post today Anna {{{HUGS}}} xx

Pat said...

Awww... Anna, such a sad ending but as a parent, it's so important that we can lay our loved ones down at the end. Thanks for sharing this. Love your flower today too. A lovely rose.

gretnalivin said...

So glad they found him. Gorgeous rose photo.

CG said...

I am so glad he is found...my heart goes out to his family xx

Moksha Gren said...

I'm sure it is a huge relief for them to have this part of the tragedy behind them. After all this time, I'll admit I didn't have much hope. I'm glad I was wrong.

I also love the colors in the above image. The iridescence almost makes it look like wax. Very cool.

Anna said...

Thanks everyone for your thoughts.

I think that Joshua's dad has the link here and that he may be reading all your kind words at some point. I can only imagine how that would soothe my own heart if it were me....

Bob-kat said...

I am very glad that they found him and now that his family can lay him to rest and say their goodbyes.

The photo of the rose is gorgeous :)

Thanks so much for your kind comment and thoughts on my blog. So appreciated by me.

Mark said...

So difficult to find a positive angle on this.

Unfortunately, things like this make me believe less in the power of prayer.

I know it will provide some closure for the family, though, and that's important. For that I am glad.

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

i agree with mark i'm afraid - i have no words only tears

Someone in Al Ain said...

no word can say what i felt when i read that..hmmm

nice picture

Chad Oneil said...

Anna,
Thanks for checking in ;)

I'm planning on picking back up my posting in July...with the new changes too ;)

John Roberts said...

"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
Revelation 21:4

As for the photo, Nikon still hasn't fixed your viewfinder alignment problem yet, huh? (Heh, heh!)

Beverly said...

Thank you for that update. Praying for that dear family.

Mike said...

Anna, I am so glad this chapter can be closed for this family. It will be difficult beyond my imagination. My prayers are with them.

Alice said...

I'm glad Joshua has been found. May the Lord continue to bless his family during the days ahead.

Anna, that's truly a beautiful rose. Love you, Mom

Melody said...

Found. At last. Now the family can rest.

advman said...

A wonderful image of a wonderful rose. I followed the link in your comment on my blog and I really like your photography.

Thanks for sharing

Andreas

Paul Sveda said...

I really like the crop on this shot, very well composed.

I think the father of Joshua need a lot of prayers too. I am sure the burden of loosing his son is something that will not diminish quickly.

Cheers,

P.

Awareness said...

my heart aches to read this. i'm left without words.....

Ash said...

Heartbreaking. My heart goes out to his family.

swati said...

I am glad for the parents, Anna.....such moments fail words from me....so i'll rather stay quiet.

JAM said...

Wonderful photo and words, Anna. My Mother has said that it just seems wrong for parents to outlive their children.

Anonymous said...

I will let you know that it was through the power of prayer that Joshua was found!

At the exact moment that the head diver asked for silence, while my priest blessed the people and the water with a sprinkle of Holy water, the diver on the bottom of the lake found Joshua.

He found him on his last search of the area, on the last day of the full search. You see the divers had already told my brother in law that they were not going to continue searching, and that Friday was the last day of "Official" searching.

I / we did not know this at the time of the prayer service. They found him 15 min after they told my brother in law that they were going to stop.

It was the power of prayer!

This event has brought much saddness to my family. There is more to come. But for a little greif on our part, many people have returned to GOD!

I know. I recieved letters and emails of people I have never met as far as Japan, New Zealand, and all over the U.S. telling me exactly this.

If you do not believe then I have more greif for you than I do my family and our loss. The loss of your soul is morned by my son in heaven and a loving GOd.

We were given Joshua as a gift. (My wife and I could no more make a child with out Gods help than we could make the sun rise and set)

Joshua was taken as a gift.

I know this as fact.

Jim Dorchak