As I write this, there are tears on my cheeks and an ache in my heart for Caleb and Alex. This is the update that I was hoping not to have to write. Yet… here it is.
Noel’s uncle said it beautifully a few hours ago:
“The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21b)
About an hour ago, little Noel started having more serious breathing issues. About 15 minuets ago, the Lord, in his wisdom, took Noel from us. There are many emotions that cannot be adequately expressed in a short post like this. I know that we are all deeply saddened and mournful over this loss but we can also be grateful that the Lord allowed us to be with His little princess for so much longer than anyone ever expected. We rejoice in the answer to prayer that she has been, in the testimony that she has given, in the way she has brought others to see God’s love and come to know Him, and most importantly in how she has brought Glory to the King.
We will miss you little Noel Sattelmeier but we take comfort knowing you are in the Lord’s hands.”
As I look back on the days Noel was here, I can’t help but be amazed at the lives she touched. Thousands visited my blog and cared about her. Thousands saw the miracle that God had worked in her life. God has reached across the world with her face, her heart… her story. What a beautiful legacy.
I fell in love with her before she drew her first breath and grew even more in love with those dark eyes and beautiful face with each picture. She touched my heart.
I never got to meet you in person but you are so dear to me. I treasured getting to know you through pictures and through your families updates. I’m happy that you are in the arms of our Saviour though I know that there are arms down here aching for you. I can’t wait for the day I get to see you face to face. Where ‘He will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain’. On that day, precious girl, I will give you the biggest hug and rejoice with you. I love you.
Please continue to pray for Caleb and Alex and family.
Thank you Jesus for two weeks with Noel. For the cuddles, kisses and love that her family was able to share with her. For each moment that they had with her. Thank You for working this for good, even though we cannot see all that will come of this. We look forward to the day that we meet those in heaven who were touched by her life. Thank You for bringing comfort and peace to her family now. Sear the memories into their minds and may those memories bring great joy to their hearts. We pray that Noel’s life and story would still draw others to you. May Caleb, Alex and their family continue to be a testament of faithfulness and trust as they move forward in You. Draw them closer to You and closer to each other. Amen.
To everyone who is reading this and to those who have been following Noel’s story, thank you for your prayers and support. We are so grateful, and hope that you will continue to pray for Noel’s family and for her life to continue to draw others to the Lord.
Please feel free to leave prayers and notes here for Caleb and Alex. I will be sure to get them to the family.
Blessings, Sarah (Matthew 5:4)