We had visitors the other night.
They are not the kind of visitors you really want to have.
They didn't bring a gift.
They brought bad news and pain.
Our beloved first born son had taken his final drive.
Elijah went home to be with the LORD at about 12:30 am July 28.
He is not yet 18. He just graduated.
You all know that my faith is my life.
And my family and I will continue to walk in that light.
God is good because of who He is. Not because of what he does.
I do not understand this plan or like it. . .Our lives are forever changed.
But I will walk hand in hand with God through this.
This was the sunrise on July 28, 2013.
This is the masterpiece that only God can create.
We will bring glory to his name.
He is no stranger to pain and the loss of a son.
Please remember us in your prayers.
Please know that we grieve with you all.
I will stand on this song as long as I live.
I will miss my babe playing the drums on this song. . .
Elijah Todd Davis , 17, unexpectedly went home to be with his Lord and Savior early Sunday morning July, 28, 2013. Born on September 2, 1995, Elijah was a strong and loving young man. He was passionate about life and all he did. He had just graduated from Mount Mansfield Union High School in June.
God gifted Elijah with a great musical ability. He was an amazing drummer and loved to play in church. He adored and tormented his high school band director Mary Bauer and still received the Mount Mansfield Union High School’s Music Department Award at his honors night. Elijah was an active leader in his church Youth Group at Jericho Congregational Church spending many hours singing, worshiping and playing his beloved drums. He was a gifted speaker and this was evident during his senior testimony at church.
Elijah began playing lacrosse in the 5th grade and continued throughout high school. He loved the sport and considered his team part of his family. Elijah also loved the challenging demands in wrestling and was a part of the team for 2 years. This experience helped him get and stay in physical shape. Being in top shape was important to Elijah. He was proud to have enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was scheduled to head to boot camp, at Parris Island on September 2, his 18th birthday.
Elijah is survived by his loving parents Gary and Tammy Davis. His siblings; Chelsea (Davis) and Adam Brittain of Biddeford, Maine, Clarissa, Cedric, Christiana, and Eleanor. He was predeceased by his pateral grandparents, Clayton and Shirley Davis of Jericho and maternal grandmother Lynne C. Searle of MA. He leaves many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Elijah also leaves his beloved girlfriend Crystal Lanpher and friend Thomas Meyer: as well as his many other dear friends.
Visiting hours will be at the family home at in Jericho, Vermont on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 10:00 am at Jericho Congregational Church on the green in Jericho Center, Vermont. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Elijah Davis Memorial Fund c/o Merchants Bank, P.O. Box 369, Jericho, Vermont.
Ah, Lord, you tell us in your word :
Psalm 90, there it is: v. 12 "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
The time is now. If you do not know the loving grace of our lord. Don't waste another moment. Cry out to him. He will meet you where ever you are. No matter how messy your life is. He IS there.
Elijah Todd, I don't know why God called you home so early. I can only stand on what I do know.
For I know the plans I have for you declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.