On May 11th, 2010, we welcomed our second son, Simeon Karl, into our arms. On May 12th, Jesus took him home into His arms. Simeon had experienced, for unknown reasons, a brain hemorrhage in utero. During the pregnancy, the doctors had warned us that he would not live long, if at all, after birth. We were blessed with 12 precious hours in which to baptize him, hold him, and speak God’s Word to him. He then died peacefully in our arms.
Our oldest son, Abel, was only 18 months old at the time Simeon was born. Over the years we have told him about his brother. He has always had questions. The questions asked by the little boy in this book are the same ones that Abel has asked over and over. In the midst of all these questions we could not find a children’s book of simple biblical truths that gives comfort and hope to those grieving at the death of a Christian loved one. It is our sincere hope that this book fills that need. It uses the point of view of a child, but gives comfort to readers of any age.
We pray that this book serves you as you grow in your assurance of the good and gracious will of our Father, that it gives you hope and comfort found in the life, death, and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and that the Holy Spirit uses the Word within it to strengthen and sustain you through this trial.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
About the Authors:
Pastor Samuel and Anna Gullixson live in Tacoma, WA where Samuel serves as the Associate Pastor of Parkland Lutheran Church. Anna is a homemaker, caring for their four sons. Together they own and operate According to Your Word.
About the Illustrator:
Mrs. Chandra Dale is the wife of Pastor Michael Dale who live in Port St. Lucie, FL along with their three children. Chandra is a freelance illustrator and has also illustrated “Wishing I was Fishing” by Eva Wells.