My dear sweet daughter, it's been nine years since your passing on Christmas night, yet it still seems like yesterday that you had to go home to be with the Lord. Every day I still ask myself why, although I know that God must have had a plan for you and only He knows what that is.
Sometimes I get lost in my thoughts thinking about what you may be doing if you were still here. Sometimes it seems unbelievable, but I think of what it would have been like to walk my beautiful daughter down the aisle on her wedding day. I ask myself, "Would I have said yes to the man who would have asked for your hand in marriage? Would you have had children? What would you have named them?"
There are so many questions that I do not have answers to. One thing that I do know is that you probably would have fulfilled your dream of being a pediatric nurse somewhere blessing all the new parents with their little blessings from God. All we know is that we love you, Cierra, and we miss you more than words can describe. And, along with our entire family, we will continue to keep your memory alive for the rest of all our lives. Enjoy Heaven with Jesus. Until we see each other again, it's not goodbye.
May you all be blessed this year with the love of Christ, as we celebrate Jesus' birth. There is a book that my wife DeAnn Redenius wrote about our experience with the loss of our daughter and how we overcame the painful journey through Christ's love. The book is called, "A Heart Like a Child." Many of you may have already read the book and have received the blessings and joy we speak of; therefore, pass those same blessings on to someone else so they can receive the peace that we have come to know. God bless and have a Merry Christmas from the Redenius family!
"A Heart Like a Child" is currently available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, West Bow Press and Kindle, and can also be ordered at our local Christian book store.
"Praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all of our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." (2 Corinthians 1: 3-4, New International Version).
Love you Sweetheart.