This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Joshua Stevens who was born on October 05, 1995 and passed away on September 05, 2008, one month from his thirteenth birthday. We will remember him forever.
Josh's legacy of kindness and spirit lives on with a Foundation in his name. Please see http://joshstevens.memory-of.com/legacy.aspx and the Foundation’s website: http://www.joshstevensfoundation.org/.
The Memorial Service (Wednesday, September 10th, at Green Valley Baptist Church) was a celebration of Josh's life, with comfort for today, and hope for tomorrow. Over 800 people overflowed the facility, with many of Josh's peers present, wearing sports jerseys to honor him.
This poem, written by Josh, was read by Drew's brother Blair at the Memorial Service. May all our kids have the family support to have this self esteem and security:
I am Josh by Josh Stevens
I am Athletic - like a precise machine, running smoothly and efficiently.
I am Competitive - like the sun, fighting to shine through the clouds on a cloudy day.
I am Fun Loving - like a circus star, wanting to give joy to others.
I am Kind Hearted - like a favorite family pet, wanting to give love to all.
I am Persistent - like a skilled quarterback, never giving up till the ball scores.
I am Obedient - like an athlete responding to his coach.
I am Respectful - like a player accepting of the ref's call.
I am Beautiful - like a gem stone, with beauty for all to see.
A Memorial Vigil at Bob Miller Middle School had hundreds of students, friends and loved ones sharing how Josh had touched their lives. He was obviously loved and admired for his spirit, character, athleticism, humor and kindness. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2008/sep/09/family-friends-mourn-boy-who-died-golf-cart-accide/
Please use this website to honor Josh's life - and support his parents, Drew and Barbara, and big sister Shelbie and little brother Sam.
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I'll Lend You A Child by Edgar Guest
"I'll lend you for a little time a child of mine," He said.
For you to love - while he lives
And mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years
Or twenty-two or three,
But will you, till I call him back,
Take care or him for Me?
He'll bring his smiles to gladden you,
And should this stay be brief
You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there
I want this child to learn.
I've looked this world over
In search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd
Life's lanes, I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor count the labor vain,
Nor hate Me when I come to call to
Take him back again?"
I fancied that I heard them say,
"Dear Lord, Thy will be done,
For all the joy Thy child shall bring,
The risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known
Forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for him
Much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that come
And try to understand."