Saturday, September 20, 2008

Words of Comfort and Encouragement

Even if you don't know the P. family, or will ever on this side of heaven, and if you've followed this blog the past few days, and are praying for this precious family, please take a few moments to leave a note in the comment section, letting them know who you are and that you're praying for them. We plan to print them out before the funeral and give them to the P. family. I know that God will use these notes from all over the Body of Christ to comfort, bless and encourage this grieving Part. May we gather together, as the Body of Christ, from all over the world, possibly, and lift up this hurting young family. The father's name is Barry, and the mother's name is Kim.

Thank you.
Kim and Joshua in Sep. 07
Barry and their youngest daughter, L.
Barry with 5 of their children in Sep. 07 at a wedding
Kim and Joshua in Aug. 07
Kim and Joshua at a wedding in Sep. 07 Kim with all her 7 little ones, Sep. 07
Kim From left, E., their oldest son, with I., the second youngest son
Kim and Joshua, Aug. 07 Barry with I. Kim with her baby, July, 07, when Joshua was 4 months old...
But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him....That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular...
Selections from 1Cor 12

34 comments:

Bessinger Family said...

To the Plaths:

May the Lord carry you during this time. He has entrusted unto you a great sorrow...the greatest a mother or father can experience.

Our hearts are broken with yours, as we all cling to the One who is Faithful and True.

May the glory and mercy of our Father be revealed to you in great measure during this time of suffering.

Anonymous said...

May the everlasting arms of the Lord hold you up.May you know His comfort and love in ways you have never known,and see that though the depths of grief plunge down,His grace is deeper still.
He will sustain you.
We love you.
Love Alan,Katie Bret and Ron

Baleboosteh said...

May the Lord pour out His comfort and strength upon you. May you know the Holy Spirit upholding and consoling you all during this heartbreak. We are praying that you may have peace and rest, sleep and health during this time. May our Heavenly Father be your all sufficient One.

Barry and Kim, our hearts and our tears are with you. God bless you.
Michelle and Rob

Anonymous said...

Barry, Kim, and Family,
Words cannot express the sorrow our family has for you in the difficult time. Know that we are praying for you and that the All Sufficiant One has never left your side nor ever will and will walk with you during your sorrow. Much love and prayers,
The Barmettler Family
Portland, OR

amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay said...

May you find the power you need to live through this. I am sure that yr faith will allow for you to find peace, just know that I am here in Ohio thinking of you. Just know that there are many many people praying for yr family. I am so sorry for yr loss. Our boys are about the same age and my mother's heart beats out of my chest right now. My tears wet my cheeks. Godspeed peace.

Mrs. Rabe said...

We are praying for you. You have been on my heart nearly constantly since I heard.
May God's peace be with you.

Tim & Deanna Rabe
Lindsay, Emily, Rachel, Sarah and Kyle

Elizabeth said...

To Kim, Barry and Children,

My heart is breaking and burdened as I have read of your situation. I will keep you in my prayers. God is truly a God of comfort to comfort us in our tribulation (I Cor. 1:3-4; Rom. 8:28).
Love and Prayers

MamaF said...

Kim and Barry, my thoughts and prayers are for you in this hard moment,may you find peace in your heart soon again.

MamaF and family

Jill said...

I am Manny Edwards sister and he just told me recently about the accident. My heart grieves with any family having to endure this terrible pain. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you and comfort and give you peace during this difficult time. We will all be together again in heaven one day, thank the Lord.
Jill

Bohannan Family said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

His grace is sufficient for you and may His power be made perfect in our weakness.

We love you, and we are sorry for your temporary time away from Joshua- we will see him in our Lord's time.

Mike Southerland said...

On behalf of the Southerland family and Reformation Heritage Fellowship in north Oklahoma, please know that we are praying for you.

Blessings,
Mike and Sheri Southerland and family
Guthrie, OK

Golden City Muse said...

We will meet in the Golden city, called the new Jerusalem....

I saw this on the Call of the Patriarchs list. I do not know this family now, but I wish to offer my sympathy.

Rick Bentley in New Mexico

The Dischers said...

Kim, Barry, and children,
We are praying here in Florida for your precious family. Your obvious love for your family is so very evident. Our sovereign heavenly Father knows your hearts' cry.

Praying that a comfort that only He can bring and a peace that passes understanding may rain down upon you.

The Sanders said...

Barry and Kim,

Our hearts weep with you. I trust the Holy Spirit to help us pray since our words seem so inadequate. Somehow the Lord empowers us to travel through what he allows in our life, and when our strength is the least His shows strongest. May you be able to say with Job, "The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised."

Tim for the Sanders family

fickle said...

Thoughts and prayers from Texas. . . may God give you peace, encouragement, and comfort. Continue to trust Him and look for the myriad of ways He might be glorified during a time of tragedy. We grieve with you.

The Cochran's said...

Dear Barry, Kim and children,

We have been petitioning the Lord for you - that His mighty arms will carry and comfort you - that His grace and mercy will sustain you, giving you His peace and rest in the midst terrible suffering and grief.

We will continue to pray and lift you and your dear family up to our Lord. May you keep your eyes fixed upon Christ and cling to one another as He leads you now and in the years to come.

Anonymous said...

We have never met but my prayers are with this family. We serve a great and mighty God who comforts all as only the Father can.

~Mrs. C. Friedrick

Anonymous said...

I am praying for you all! He is safe in the arms of Jesus!!


Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22

Brenna said...

Kim and Barry--

I keep erasing words, because none of them seem like they could possibly do any kind of justice to the grief of losing a child. Please just know that strangers are holding you in their prayers. Just these few posts that have been written about your family show how much you are loved. I am praying that you are surrounded and held up first by God's faithful and all consuming love. But I also pray that you are overwhelmed by the love of friends, family, and strangers. May God's grace be completely sufficient. May you know a peace that goes beyond any earthly understanding.

In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.
Ps. 18:6

With love, in name of the God who hears our cries,
Brenna

Anonymous said...

Wanting you to know we are lifting you up to the Father ~ may God give you mercy and comfort during this time.

I know you do not know us but people are praying and lifting you all up to the Lord.

You have been on my heart since I heard .... may God wash His peace over you...

Billy & Teena Price & family

Kim said...

Kim and Barry
We are praying for you daily and you never leave our thoughts.
The Stones
Chuck, Kim and kids
(friends of Shannon and Skylla)

OurLilFullFam said...

Precious family in Christ, we are praying for you and your family. May you feel the comfort of our Lord's embrace around you, sustaining you through this time.

Little Joshua is complete in God's arms, but I know yours are aching for him right now. We are praying for the peace that surpasses understanding for you all right now.

Anonymous said...

I live nearby and heard about this on WCTV's website. I'm so, so sorry. My heart breaks for you all.

Janet
Coolidge, GA

The Stone Family said...

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Plath and children,
We pray that the Lord will comfort you with his tender mercies during this time of grief. May you come to see many grace filled blessings through this hard time. We're praying for you!
Love in Christ,
The Stone Family (FL)

The Stone Family said...

Kim and Barry, Beloved of God

As you walk the path laid before you in the coming moments, days, weeks and months, God WILL sustain you. For now, though, let your tears carry the sorrow, pain and questions to His throne...trust in His sovereignty and let the hope of seeing Joshua again, in heaven, sustain you.

To Joshua's dear brothers and sweet sisters: We understand your great loss, and we want you to know that our family will be praying for you, too.

May our God, the God of all comfort, comfort you.

With our deepest sympathy and Christian love,

Michael and Julia Stone
Anna, Emily and Olivia

Maxine said...

Praying for your family, even though we don't know you. May you receive and know the strength and peace that only He gives.

Katherine said...

Dear Barry, Kim and family,

I hope my comment will not be seen as an intrusion as I stumbled upon this blog and your story by chance today, but God has kept your family in my heart since then. My prayers are for your family. May God be your source of strength in this difficult time, and may you feel the warmth of his deep and ever present love helping you to heal. He is with you always.

God bless you,
Katherine

Williams family said...

"The Lord os close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
Psalm 34:18

We weep with you.
Ted, Janis, Sunny, Jed*, Nathan and Natalie-Rose

Strangfamily said...

May Jesus carry this precious family close to His heart today and in the months to come. Our hearts break for them.
God Bless you all,
The Strang Family
Boring, Oregon

Anonymous said...

Dear Bro. & Sis. Plath,

We don't know you, but as members of the same body of Christ (here in Southern California) we offer up prayers for consolation on your behalf.

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy to your family. We have had you in our hearts and prayers since we first read of the accident and your precious baby Joshua.

May God continue to be with you and your children.

Espinoza Family

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Plath,

I will be praying for your family. The Lord knows your grief and pain and will always comfort you. Trust in Him and know that His will is perfect, even when it's hard to understand and bare. He loves you and will be with you during the rest of your journey here on this Earth. May you all be reunited with Joshua on that glorious day.

God bless and keep you,

Narobi from Texas

Anonymous said...

Dear Barry, Kim, and Children,

With a grieving heart I have been thinking of and praying for you since I learned of your tremendous loss. Until we are all reunited that Day, may He hold you close in His everlasting arms, and comfort as only He can.

Lisa and Luke in Vero Beach

Bethany Barnard said...

Kim, Barry and family,

We love you. I wish that I could be there for you as you have been there for me and so many others.

It has taken me almost 50 years to begin to understand that this is not our home. We are but sojourners passing through the land on our way to glory. Our hope is not in this life, but in the next, where we will rest eternally from pain and sorrow. I know that you, too, embrace these truths. I also understand that I do not fully know your pain and I pray for the Holy Spirit's omnipresence to minister to you deeply and give you strength now and until that great day when we are all together with Him in Glory.

Anonymous said...

Dear Kim, Barry and Family,

I was so incredibly heartbroken to hear of your tragic toss. You are in my prayer. I wish I could have been there for you.

Love,
Michelle Bransky-Johnson