Brayton, Blake, Mike and Rebecca I want to say I love you that I’m honored that you allowed me to be apart of this. I know there is nothing that I can possibly say to take your pain away, but i know the one who mends broken hearts, and in His Word we can find the strength to make it through this.
I’ll Hold You Again in Heaven
Today we are all gathered to mourn and celebrate the life of Aaron Dunn. Aaron although young in his age brought joy to his family and the people he encountered. Aaron was a loving and smiling child that would light up a room as soon as he walked in. I remember the day i met Aaron. His brother Brayton invited him to church on a Wednesday night. The first thing he asked me was if i liked to play basketball. Aaron loved basketball. I remember taking him to the school and the Rec. to shoot and play some basketball. A few Christmas’ ago I asked Aaron what was the one thing he wanted. His response was basketball shoes!!! Aaron was the type of young man who could light up a room. Every time i saw him he had the big smile on his face. I would often give a lesson at the school during “break” and Aaron was always one of the first one’s to come up to me and give me a hug and talk about BASKETBALL.
The best and most important memory I have of Aaron is the night he accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. He came to me during the invitation and asked if he could talk to me. So we went away from everyone and he told me he was ready to surrender his life to Christ. I then told him that he needed to repent and ask God to forgive him of his sins. He said, “brother Cory, can you help me with my prayer.” I started the prayer for him and then he took over and prayed one of the most beautiful prayers I have heard from a young man. Right then and there Aaron Dunn was a child of God.
Of all deaths, that of a child is most unnatural and hardest to bear. We all expect the old to die before the young. But the death of a young child or youth is a different matter. We expect our children to be able to enjoy the beauty, wonder, and the potential that life brings. Death can be a cruel thief when it robs a child of their future.
When a parent loses a child, the effect is widespread. It not only affects the parents, but can involve siblings, grandparents, friends and caregivers in a unique way. The Bible there is a story that offers us some insight and comfort as we share in this grief. David and Bathsheba’s little boy lived only seven days. Read: ()
I. Reminder That All of Us Can Be Recalled
Life can be quick and short and it’s a reminder that all of us can be recalled at any time. tells us that “Each man’s life is but a breath.” Because we have no guarantee of how long God chooses to grant life, we must maximize the opportunities God gives us. Count every day a blessing. Bless every day by counting.
II. Respond in Grief Until We Find Relief
The illness and death of David’s child teaches us how to respond in grief until we find relief. We must have a grieving process and no try to bury our feelings. David made a mistake in his grieving; he tried to do it alone. A grief shared is a burden divided. Paul tells us in Galatians chapter 6 that we are to carry one another’s burdens. It’s vital in this time to lean of the Lord for strength but also lean on the church to help carry some of the burdens. I would like to personally help bear the burdens you might have. I will be here to talk, cry, and listen at any time. But at the end of the day I can bring no lasting comfort. The beauty of the gospel says,
says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Faith in Jesus Christ, who is the resurrection and the life, gives us unexpected strength. We grieve, but not as those who have no hope.
Today we have hope. We have the hope because of Aaron’s profession of faith in Jesus Christ, that Aaron is walking in glory as we speak. The saving work of Christ has reversed sin’s curse and covered Aaron Dunn.
David felt assured of his child’s presence in heaven and also that he would be there as well. is the eloquent expression of David’s confession of sin and guilt. He sought God’s forgiveness, and he received it. Aaron also sought God’s forgiveness and he too recieved the gift of Jesus Christ.
This child belongs to God. Today we release his hands as God has grasped them over there, and he will never let them go. The key Rebecca to your child’s casket is not in the hands of the keeper of the cemetery, but the key is in the hands of the Son of God.
There was a song that came out a few years ago called “I can only Imagine,” The song was about a man trying to imagine what would happen when ever he sees the beauty and glory of eternity of the presence of God. Aaron does not have to imagine, he sees perfection. If he could say one thing to us today it would be that he knows what pure joy and happiness truly looks like. Its a joy and happiness like he has never known before and he were standing here today he would want the same for you.
So I will ask you today, are your hands in the grasp of the keeper of the cemetery or in the grasp of God?
Aaron’s eternity is sealed, He is experiencing what true salvation is right now, will that be your reality. Aaron this is not good bye, this is see you later my man!!!!