I was praying Monday night for Sawyer and Murphies. I felt compelled. While I was praying, I suddenly saw Sawyer laughing. I thought it meant he would be healed. But that wasn't it.
I spoke with Esther later, my prayer partner, and told her I just didn't understand. She said she'd had the same questions. While praying on Monday, she'd seen Sawyer's death, but had rejected it, because she didn't want it to be true.
But she finally felt that, in spite of what it might appear, his death was an act of mercy, to keep him from further suffering. His condition was so severe, that had he lived, he might have been in so much worse pain. I decided that when the Lord released me from prayer Monday night at 9 p.m., perhaps showing me Sawyer laughing was His way of letting me know he was releasing him from his suffering.
I have continued to pray for the Murphies and my heart is broken for them and their family. I thank the Lord that He is with them, spreading His angels around them and giving them peace.
Ashlyn and Josh's sweet spirit during this time speaks so much more than any words I could say. They pray that the Lord shows them the full meaning and purpose of Sawyer's short life, and are thanking Him for the 18 days that they had with him.
Already, God is moving.
Ashlyn says that nearly 7,000 people have been touched by Sawyer's life, through her blogging - far more than most of us will ever touch in a 70-80 year life span. The outpouring of support they have received is overwhelming. Some are even telling her that their stance to remain firm in their faith despite this tragedy has led them back to the Lord.
Sawyer is now with God. But his life continues to speak and touch hearts. I cannot but thank God for this and that He knows best.