Our sweet baby, Drew George Meissner, was taken up to heaven last week. He was born on May 8, 2015, and was baptized on June 7, 2015, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church. He was an amazing little angel with the bluest eyes and strawberry blonde hair and the most winning smile you have ever seen. We were so blessed that God loaned him to us for four wonderful months. And although our family chain here on earth is broken, we look forward to being reunited someday in heaven.
I’ll Lend You … A Child of Mine
I’ll lend you for a while a child of
mine,” Christ said. “For you to love the while
he lives and mourn for when he’s dead. It
may be six or seven years, or twenty-two
or three, but will you, ’til I call him back,
take care of him for me? He’ll bring his
charms to gladden you, and should his stay
be brief, you’ll have his lovely memories
of solace in your grief. I cannot promise
he will stay — since all from earth return,
but there are lessons taught down there I
want this child to learn. I looked the wide
world over in search of teachers true, and
from the throngs that crowd life’s lane, I
have selected you. Now will you give him
all your love, not think the labor vain — nor
hate Me when I come to you to take him
back again?” I fancied that I heard them say,
“Dear Lord, Thy will be done. For all the many
joys he’ll bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him
while we may, and for the happiness we’ve
known, forever grateful stay. But should
the angels call for him much sooner than
we planned, we’ll brave the bitter grief
that comes and try to understand.
Drew is survived by his parents, Andrew and Raelynn Meissner; brother Jacob Meissner; grandparents Loren and Valerie Hoekema, Dave and Kathleen Meissner; great-grandparents Helen Reiter, Laura Meissner, Charles and Eleanor Gass; aunts, uncles and cousins Barry, Becky, Austin and Mason Moyes, Sam and Michele Morgenroth.
In lieu of flowers, please consider giving a memorial to the following charities: The Ramsey Keller Foundation and the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation: Specifically for the Pediatric Intensive Care Un