My dear son, you would have been five years old today. Elijah's gone to get donuts, I know you would be so excited waiting for them to arrive. You were always so happy at birthday time, even if it wasn't your own.
Your dad really loves you. I would love the chance to walk with you today, and to hold your hand. It would be a real blessing if I could carry you and have you squeeze my neck really hard.
We went fishing a few weeks ago, and I know that you would have had so much fun throwing things into the water.
But, for some reason hidden in the eternal counsels of the Sovereign God, he chose to take you unto Himself. One of His reasons may have been to remind us that this life is temporary, and the life that is eternal is so much more important than this temporary existence. "We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen, for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal" I Cor. I love you my precious Joel, and may the Lord hold you in His arms as we journey, by God's grace, to that promised land when there where there will be no more tears or sorrow.