Continue to Fight the Good Fight of Faith

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Happy Friday Saints.

Today would have been my nephew Miguel Siale Henry Hunkin’s 6th Birthday. He was diagnosed with the rare condition Emanuel Syndrome and he passed away on Monday, June 21.

Before he was born, several doctors recommended that Miguel be terminated in the hopes of an easier outcome for his parents, rather than give birth and watch him die.

But his father Myles and his mother Melenaite decided to ignore the doctors’ recommendations and THANK GOD THEY DID.

He wasn’t given much chance of living at all but Miguel defied all the odds and lived for almost 6 years.

In his brief time on earth, he brought his parents and many others (including myself) closer to the Lord.

Last night, we held his Memorial Service and everyone who spoke, talked about the positive impact that this young boy had on their lives.

Every day that he lived was a victory. He was aptly named “Miguel the Strong” by his uncle Greg. And although he may have looked fragile on the outside, he had the heart of a champion.

Jesus said in Luke 18:16, “LET THE LITTLE CHILDREN COME TO ME, AND DO NOT HINDER THEM, FOR TO SUCH BELONGS THE KINGDOM OF GOD.”

And although we miss him dearly and mourn his passing, according to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, we don’t have to grieve like the rest of the world do. We can grieve with hope. “FOR SINCE WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS DIED AND ROSE AGAIN, EVEN SO, GOD WILL ALSO BRING WITH HIM THROUGH JESUS, THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP IN DEATH.”

For Christians, death is not the end. Because of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, we will see Miguel again and spend eternity with him in the presence of God.

May Miguel the Strong’s brief time on earth continue to inspire all of us to fight the good fight of faith and live for God’s eternal glory.

Have a wonderful weekend. God bless and lots’a love,
Warren


Pastor Warren Retzlaff