By: Gerry Kirkley
On March 10, 1999 Jonathan Cook
Came here to live.
No one ever dreamed how much this little
Child had to give.
He had a smile upon his face
And love in his heart.
No doubt this child was special
We all knew it from the start.
Robin and Stephen felt so blessed
From God in Heaven above
A little brother for Jordan
And another son to love.
Then after a year they soon did learn
Jonathan had a rare illness
And they didn’t know
Where to turn.
The doctors had no answers
And the specialists had no cure.
Trusting in the Lord above
Was the only way to endure.
Jonathan came with such a sweet spirit
And could bless you with his smile
Only God knows why
He was with us for such a very short while.
Family, friends and loved ones
Began to pray each day
Please let Jonathan be healed Lord
We ask you to make a way.
God does answer prayer sometimes
In ways that we cannot feel.
It’s hard not to question
But at times it’s not his will.
If we could see our heartaches
Through the eyes of Jonathan’s life
The our troubles would diminish
And we could handle our strife.
Though Jonathan’s words were very few
And he never walked while here
The message he proclaimed to us
Was heard loud and clear.
If Jonathan could speak to us
He would surely say
Don’t cry for me now
Cause in Heaven I’m A-Okay.
This family has walked a rocky road
The hardest valley to face
With unshakable faith you were steadfast
Because of God’s Amazing Grace.
So let us celebrate Jonathan’s life
And the time he spent on this land.
You see Jonathan has been made well again
By a touch from the Master’s Hand.
God’s precious gift to this earth.
You lived your life for all it was worth.
A life that knew only hospitals, machines, doctors, and nurses.
Which to some may seem a life without blessings and filled with curses.
Our mortal minds cannot understand God’s perfect plan.
Jonathan and his family never questioned why to what they didn’t understand.
God chose this little person to be a testimony for Him.
Through Jonathan’s life we could feel God’s joy, peace, and love from within.
Christ said, “Let the little children come unto me.”
We who remain can find comfort knowing Jonathan is free.
Free from hospitals, machines, and pain.
For him to live was Christ and to die is gain.
Just as a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly,
So is the story of Jonathan’s life.
His life on earth represents the caterpillar,
His death a cocoon,
His life in heaven as a new and beautiful butterfly.
Fly butterfly, fly…
Soar in Christ’s celestial sky.
We love you Jonathan, may your memory and spirit forever live in our hearts.
By: Joni F. Moore
It’s times like these that I question God.
How could he take a child–
One so special, one so loved?
It could really get me riled.
In prayer I finally asked God why,
Why take a life so young?
Jonathan had a lifetime yet to live.
My head with eyes shut hung…
A silence filled the entire room
Yet God’s presence I could feel.
He answered, “I am, but who are you?”
The question made me reel.
Who am I, I thought, to question God?
I simply wanted to understand.
How could such a thing happen if God’s in control?
Do the Heavens not obey God’s command?
He asked in a voice soft an low, I could hardly even hear
“Do you think I don’t know how it feels?
I gave my only son for YOU,
And yet you doubt me still?
“My Son died to save you all, so that you could have eternal life,
and children are a special part.
did I not say, Let the children come unto me,
To tell you of the joy they bring–I could not even start.”
“And how gloomy a place Heaven would be
Without children I would be bored.
The children are so happy, so playful
And their unconditional love is a heavenly reward.
“So believe what you will.
I’ve always given you that choice,
but be careful not to judge so quickly…
What?…Suddenly you have no voice?
And mustering up a response, I said…
“Lord, please forgive my doubt.
Forgive my questioning, my lack of faith.
Lord, I am selfish and far too proud.
I continued to speak saying, “I love you, Lord,
And this much I now will say.
It’s just so painful to know Jonathan is gone.
What will Robin, Stephen, and Jordan do while he is away?
“I don’t believe in a family having
To say goodbye to a child–it simply is not right,
But father, I do believe in you.
I have all of my life.”
“but please, tell my this, what do I tell
My children–my daughter and my son?
What do I tell them about Jonathan?”
God answered, “Tell them…Jonathan’s work was done.”
“Tell them that from the time Jonathan was born
He fought the good and perfect fight,
That he conquered the world with a hug and a smile,
And like the butterflies he loved, he has taken flight.”
“For earth’s bounds are fleeting
and a lifetime there so quickly comes and goes,
but my domain…where I reign…
Heaven only knows…
And Heave knows Jonathan…
The boy who loved “futterflies”…
The Angel who now flies amony them.
The moment Jonathan passed,
Jesus took him in His arms and the angels sang,
the butterflies danced, and all of heaven rejoiced!
Jonathan raised his hands, and he laughed!