Friday, September 18, 2009

In Memoriam - Joshua D. McBride

On September 18th my first born son, Joshua, died. They were able to keep him alive (though not conscious) long enough for us to get here so we could be with him when he died.

We have felt the overwhelming support of your prayers and comments. The staff here at the base have made us feel so welcome and comforted. We will be be staying here through Wednesday so we can participate in a memorial service the base is having for him on Tuesday.

Local funeral arrangements will be made after we return home.

I want to say thank you to the staff at Baker who have been with us every minute of this dark time. Thanks to countless others of you who I know only through the wonder of the internet. I knew you were there as well.

Joshua was 23 years old and is survived by his wife, Sarah, and two children: Raven, 3 years old and Hunter, 7 months. He also has a younger brother Adam who is 21, and two sisters: Sarah, 16 and Bethany, 10.

To God be the glory.


Scripture Zealot said...

I don't know what to say. I can't imagine.

Praying for you.

Louis said...

Thank you Jeff,

On behalf of my whole family let me say thanks for your prayers and support.


jntskip said...

Praying for you all.

Esteban Vázquez said...

Louis, my dear friend, my heart breaks for you. Please know that you have been in my prayers, and will continue to be in this time of sorrow for your family.

Louis said...

Just an update. Thanks to all your many prayers we are holding up well. We should be flying back to Michigan Thursday. We'll keep everyone updated on local funeral arrangements. For those who can't be there we know you will be with us in spirit. Thank you.

Bitsy Griffin said...

I am praying for you and your family. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Bitsy

William Luck said...

Words cannot convey the depth of my sadness for you. My love and tears are with you both. But most of all, we all know that God stands beside you in this dark hour. May His love cover you and protect you from the rains of depression. May His hope brighten your hearts.
In Christian love,
Your brother, Bill Luck

Irenicum said...

Louis and Jan,
Words escape me. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my prayers are with both of you and for your whole family. Steve told me what happened on Friday night when I called the store.

In my prayers,
John Brandkamp

יֹואֵ֖ל said...

Praying continually for you and your family Louis!


Paul said...

The Lord knows.
The Lord cares.

May his presence be your comfort during this difficult time.

As I said to you and Jan on the phone, Patty and I are SO VERY THANKFUL TO GOD that he gave you to Joshua as his Gospel-loving, Gospel-honoring parents. We take our comfort in the wonderful truth that "in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

Splaceman said...

Louis: I just want you to know that while we can't personally comprehend the depth of your grief, our hearts are breaking for you and your family. Steve from Cornerstone

Bonnie Anderson said...

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, Louis!! God's Peace & Love, Bonnie/on behalf of Cornerstone Church.