Thursday, June 30, 2011

Playground Dedication

This past Father's Day was incredibly special for our family. After church, we had a dedication ceremony for the playground that was filled with much love, prayer, gratitude, laughter... and of course cake and punch. :)

I had thought for a while about what I would want to share on that day that would really communicate all that Isaac's Playground means to us... not just as a memorial of our son's life, but also as a testimony to who God is. Prior to church that morning, I was imagining all of the squeals of laughter that would be heard later that day as kids got to play on Isaac's Playground for the first time, and I was reminded of how several times in His word, God promises to restore joy, and to replace sorrow with gladness.

The end of Isaiah 35:10 reads, "Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away."

Jeremiah 31:13 contains a similar promise: "Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow. "

It is our sincerest hope that as parents play with their kids on Isaac's Playground and hear them laugh with joy, that they would be reminded of this truth: God is so faithful to restore joy and gladness. We deeply desire that Isaac's Playground would be symbolic of that. Each one of us will at some point experience sorrow; every one of us will face loss. Yet God is faithful, even in the most unthinkable circumstances, to restore gladness and joy... simply because of who He is and what we have in Him.

I am so thankful for that promise.

And with that... here are a few pictures from the dedication ceremony!









9 comments:

Team Lando said...

tears of joy...

Jenny said...

Beautiful post. Can't wait to take my boys to the playground :)

Paige said...

Stacey!! so awesome and so special that it got to be on father]'s day!

The Barron Family said...

I totally just had tears of happiness reading that and seeing your gorgeous daughter go down the slide. God is so good!

Your daughter is so beautiful!!!

Sarah said...

Seeing those pictures brings tears to my eyes, Stacy. And you are so right - what a wonderful reminder of God's faithfulness in walking you through your grief journey and restoring your joy! Thinking of Isaac today and praising the Lord for his wonderful parents!

Sonya said...

beautiful. I am sure that it was a lovely ceremony!

Holly said...

Brought a smile to my face!

Carly said...

Beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes to read this post. I was thinking back to the beginning of the idea and to see it now...amazing.

Queen Diva said...

What a wonderful post. Enjoy this beautiful playground. Issac is surely smiling.