This is a special day! Simon Hemming’s ONE YEAR Birthday!!
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” ~ Matthew 19:14
I like to call him “Tirzah’s big brother”, because he went to be with Jesus before she did, and was there to welcome her (along with his two other brothers, Owen and Jediah). Now they’re all God’s children in Heaven!
These are a few words from Gina:
“As you can see in the photos, he was a big, beautiful boy… MORE than I’d dreamed he would be! (I was sure I’d have bald babies!) We’d had Simon’s name picked out before we even knew he was a boy. His name means “To be heard.” and in God’s sovereignty and to His glory, Simon WAS heard! His testimony of God’s love and faithfulness- and of thehope we have because of Christ- was heard loud and clear among thousands. Our prayer is that Simon will be heard for years to come.It is a comfort to us that God had a clear purpose for our sweet Simon’s short little life. And we may only realize a small portion of that purpose now.”
~ Matthew 16:13-16
And so Simon, together with Tirzah, although born still and silent, is a tiny little herald of this good news- that Jesus was God, come in flesh as a human to save sinners from God’s wrath by taking the death we deserve so that we can be free of debt before God. They both shout to us with a loud voices: “See (and grasp for yourself!) the goodness and kindness of God that is offered to you through Jesus!”
God our Savior showed us his kindness and love. He saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us because of what Jesus Christ our Savior did. He declared us not guilty because of his great kindness. And now we know that we will inherit eternal life.
~ Titus 3:4-7n (NLT)