Excited to Meet Jesus

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The other day I stared at the computer screen reading her words, “Archie and I had to do what no parent should ever have to do. We made final arrangements for Silas and chose a burial spot.” And my heart ached. As tears fell and fell, I thought about the day we went to identify our daughter before her cremation. It is the most gut-wrenching, heart-aching, cannot-believe-this-is-actually-happening experience one could go through.

Jessica and I went to the same church together growing up. If you had told me as giggly little girls who thought boys had cooties that 25 years later we’d both be where we are today, I would have shook my head in Peter Pan defiance and said, “I don’t want to grow up!” Or, at least can we get a pause button for awhile?

Jessica’s son Silas has been battling a very aggressive form of liver cancer and is now getting ready to meet Jesus. Their family signed Hospice Papers just the other day and are now taking in every moment, every giggle, every word, and every breath Silas has, treasuring each one as a gift. They do not know when the moment will come when Silas will draw his last breath here on Earth and receive his new body in Heaven. All they know is it will be soon.

What is both precious and heart-wrenching, is to read about how he is not afraid to die, he is just excited to meet Jesus face to face. On the one hand, I have no idea how you process your child saying that to you, and yet I wish we could all see death like that. In his sweet little mind he fully understands, as only a child can, the difficult to grasp words of Paul, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Phil 1:21.

A few days ago Silas asked his mama to tell people to paint their nails gold in support of people who are fighting childhood cancer. And then Silas’ Facebook Page began to BLOW UP with all shades of Gold. A day later Jessica posted this, “Thank you everyone for painting your nails gold! I have to tell you something though. I told Silas how many people were painting their nails gold for him and he said “NO not for me! They have to paint their nails gold for the other kids with childhood cancer, because I’m not going to have cancer soon when I get my new body!”

Thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people are painting their nails gold right now in support of Childhood Cancer, all because a sweet little boy who is about to meet Jesus is thinking of others and their battle with Childhood Cancer. Silas, we have been praying for you for about a year now and are so inspired by your sweet child-like faith, your precious innocence, and your heart for Jesus.

If you have a few minutes today, please go over to Praying For Silas on Facebook. Check out his journey, the faith of his family, and please pray God will give them the peace only HE can provide.

53 thoughts on “Excited to Meet Jesus

  1. Silas, you are such an inspiration to us all. Jesus will be so happy to have such a faithful boy as you by his side. Sending love for you to take on your journey.

  2. my heart is breaking for this family as well as other families who are facing battles like this. Silas has been an inspiration to me over the last few days. As I read the things his family post on fb I dont understand how people dont believe in God as only God is with Silas and his family.
    I pray for his family as they enjoy the last few days with him before he jorneys into heaven to meet Jesus and get his new body. Prayers from Statesboro, GA

  3. In 1989 I buried a son 5 years old from injuries received in a tractor accident. The hardest thing I have ever had to do. My heart breaks for Jessica and her family but God has a bigger plan for little Silas. I pray for their comfort and that God will wrap his loving arms around them.

  4. May God richly bless Silas and his family. What an inspiration it is to read his story, and to know without a shadow of a doubt that YES, he will be meeting Jesus face to face…. and will receive a brand new body… a healthy body!! I will pray for Silas and his family, and for all of the children facing cancer. Thank you for sharing this story. It has truly touched my heart.

  5. I have followed Silas for awhile. His precious sport has touched me deeply. How excited this little guy will be when he sees Jesus. Praying for him to have no pain. Praying for his family and Lord give them may words to charise

  6. Yep, crying like probably everyone else who reads this. Just so heart breaking! I have a 4yr. old granddaughter & I think, what if? This family is in my prayers…

  7. wow …. my name is michelle i have 2 little boys a 3 and 5 year old and i could not imagine what you all are going threw …. silas baby you are in my prays and thoughts for the family you are in my heart such words coming from such a lil man god bless you and your family, you have touched the world and your name will go on same with your wishes , god has a special plan for you god bless you <3

  8. And a child shall lead them…..Silas thank you so much for leading us closer and closer….until we meet in heaven…loving you….Mary Johnson (your grandma Jana’s friend and yours too)

  9. Nobody has to die from cancer, there IS a cure! Please stop believing anyone who tells you otherwise. Rick Simpson of Phoenix Tears has a true cure. Please look into what I’m telling you. No one needs to due.

  10. Tears Streaming Down my face while reading this I have 2 boy’s of my own they are 14 and 8 I cant Imagine what this Family is going thru Lil Silas has touched so many lives brought so many smiles to the faces of many many a folk he is a very strong and Brave Lil Feller God has his Hands on Silas and his Family continue to lean on him for strength and peace that passes all understanding we Love you guys and are continuing to bombbard Heavens Door with prayer for each and everone of you all God Bless

  11. Silas you are a very special young man. God will be so proud to have you there. For he has a wonderful plan for you awaiting. And i want you to know you have touch every soul on this earth with your love and your faith in our Lord. And i pray that your parents and family have the strength they all need. Will you please help Jesus to make this world a better place. Altho i have never meet you in person i want you to know i love you so much. So i’ll go for now but will write to you again. Love you precious Silas.

  12. silas your faith and strength is amazing…my prayers are with you sweetie and your family…when u meet Jesus and have your new body, u will no longer have any worries…thank you for sharing your love with the world…it has made it a better place…God sure made an angel when he made you…

  13. God is talking to me today through you. I have been missing my son greatly. He died in a car accident at the age of 21 in 2009 on New Years eve. He was hit head on by a boy who had been smoking pot. He died too. I have had lots of anger through this journey. My sons car was burned but we found his bible in his backpack and it was not harmed. I was flipping through the pages and found a verse that was underlined. It was Phil. 1:21. We put that on his cross where he is buried and at the accident site. You have reminded me of this today. While I am still dealing with my anger I know without a doubt that my son is happy where he is at the feet of Jesus! Thanks for writing this. I will be praying for Silas and his family

    • Lisa, THANK you for sharing your story. I can’t imagine that was easy. Grief is so incredibly unpredictable and there really isn’t a right or wrong way to go through it. I will be praying for you as you continue to process your son’s death. I am SO glad you have that verse to hold on to.

  14. Such an inspirational story. He will soon be a beautiful angel in heaven next to Jesus, but we will all miss his beautiful smile here on earth, but know he will be smiling down on us from above. I have had my doubts lately, with all the innocent children dying from accidents, violence, cancer and other diseases, but Silas renews my faith and helps me to believe even more that heaven is awaiting those of us who remain faithful. I am still praying for a miracle because God is great and he has the power to overcome this cancer.

    • Krystal, I can definitely understand the sentiment. We definitely live in an imperfect world where imperfect things happen. And sometimes, it really stinks!!! Just another reason to look forward to Heaven – no more imperfection, tears, death, or CANCER!

  15. Just beautiful. I know I have been praying, along with my church & other family and friends. Prayers for this family in this special homegoing time for Silas. We all should have the faith of a child.

  16. Though I’ve not met Silas I Pray for this insperational young man daily, I lost my sister to lupus when she was only 16 very suddenly an she had this same sweet spirit as Silas, she will be one of the beautiful blond,blue eyed angles walking with Jesus, probably with a softball in her hand waiting to great you, her name is JO-Anita Joyner. GIVE HER A HUG FROM ME:-) I pray for a gentle journey for Silas and all of Gods love for him and his family, God’s miracles happen every day and I am praying for Silases miracle, God Bless and be with you always!!!

    • Thanks for sharing your story and for praying for Silas!! I often wonder what our daughter would be doing in Heaven, and love the thought of your sister with a softball in her hand! =)

  17. Dear sweet Silas, been praying for you and your family, you are also on our prayer list at Stuckey Baptist church. It just breaks my heart reading about you. But Jesus is waiting with open arms to welcome you!

    Love and blessings

    Silvia Hartley

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