Sunday, June 27, 2010

Let it Rain

Jack Alan Lundell

Born: 6/24/2010

Died: 6/24/2010

Services: Monday, June 28, 2010 at 2:30 P.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Schleswig, Iowa

Visitation: Monday, June 28, 2010 at 1:30 P.M. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Schleswig, Iowa

Memorials: Donors Choice

Cemetery: Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, Kiron, Iowa

Jack Alan Lundell, infant son of Brad and Sarah Gierstorf Lundell, was stillborn at 8:25 p.m., Thursday, June 24, 2010, at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa.

When looking back over the life of Jack, many may think that because He didn't come into this world with a heartbeat, we couldn't know a lot about him. But we believe that life begins at conception. We actually had over 8 months with Jack. We want you to know a bit about our son. We know Jack went to church and listened to Jonathan and Ally sing ‘Jesus Loves Me’ many times. He went to school activities, community volunteer functions with mom and listened to Ally's girlie screams. When mom wore her maternity pants at her waist, he would kick until they were down. Dad would enjoy tickling his new baby. Jack heard bedtime stories, big tractors and was part of family times.

One night when mom laid down with Jonathan, Jack was moving so much that Jonathan said, "Mom, tonight Jack is just gyrating." Jack's life was one that many may have chosen to end prematurely once troubling ultrasounds were seen. It appeared that there may be possible problems with his brain. Some might think, would it be "WORTH" continuing to carry Jack to term. We acknowledged that GOD is the one in control of giving and taking life, we would NOT elect to play God, and take our baby's life. Instead, we opted to do everything possible to carry our baby to term. Psalm 139: 13-16 says: “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”

We prayed earnestly for Jack, for we know that God is a God of miracles and at his word Jack could be healed. We also read that God says in Proverbs 3:5, "Trust in the Lord with all your Heart and lean not on your own understanding." Even though we may never understand why, may our God be glorified through our son Jack.

Of course our dreams of Jack riding with Jonathan on the 4 wheeler, or helping Grandpa Lundell at the shop or even playing golf with Grandpa Gierstorf will not be realized, we are conforted by knowing that Jesus takes perfect care of our little boy.

God is going to have to continue to work on our hearts in understanding why this happened, and we will have to find comfort in the promise found in Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” We do not know why this happened, and this side of heaven we may never know, but we do know that through whatever we face, we will be held firmly in the Lord's hand.

In heaven, he joins his maternal great grandparents: Ramona Gierstorf and Art and Donna Keuhl and paternal great grandparents: Wayne Kindellsperger and Harold and Ellen Lundell.

Those awaiting their heavenly reunion with Jack include his parents: Brad and Sarah Lundell of Kiron, Iowa; one brother: Jonathan Lundell of Kiron, Iowa; one sister: Ally Lundell of Kiron, Iowa; Maternal grandparents: Dennis and Judy Gierstorf of Schleswig, Iowa; Paternal grandparents: Jim and Julie Lundell of Kiron, Iowa; Maternal Great Grandfather: Delbert Gierstorf of Schleswig, Iowa; Paternal Great Grandmother: Jean Cooper of Orion, Illinois; uncles, aunts, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Monday, June 28, 2010, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Schleswig, Iowa, with the Rev. Eugene Ernst officiating. Led by songleaders, Brad Griffin, Deb Lindgren, Ken MacGregor and Carrie Gunderson, the congregation joined in singing “I Will Rise” “Give Me Jesus” and “Jesus Loves Me” with Brad Griffin singing the solo “Homesick”. Marlene Hight served as organist. Jonathan and Ally Lundell served as pallbearers for their little brother. Interment was at Bethel Lutheran Cemetery, Kiron, Iowa. Following the interment all were invited to the Brad and Sarah Lundell farm for fellowship and refreshments. The Pfannebecker Funeral Home,, in Denison is in charge of arrangements.

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