Eli's Memorial Love Letter

Shared by Stan Veldt

I only know Tim's Grandfather, as Grandpa Veldt; a kind, loving, deep soul who loves all of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren with a quiet prayerful fierceness. As he shared in his story - Real Men Don't Cry - Eli is fifth living child from the Veldt family to enter heaven. As this is also the fifth anniversary of Eli's passing, I thought it befitting to post the words that Grandpa Veldt spoke over us at Eli's memorial service. - Jen (Founder of SFTT)


Many of Eli's family and friends have been through 5 months of constant prayer for him and the family. Many of us had shed a lot of tears in the process.  We begin with these words from Hebrews 11 - "Now faith is being sure of what we  hope for and certain of what we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commanded for.  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.  By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Can did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. AND BY FAITH HE STILL SPEAKS, EVEN THOUGH HE IS DEAD."


What does Eli have to say to us today?  My son  Luke wrote following our grandson Schuyler's death, "It is not length of life, nor even quality of life that matters, but did that life glorify God."  I believe we can learn  from Eli today if we think of what he might have to say to us.

I. FOR HIMSELF (Would he say "wish you were here?)

     a. l am present with the Lord--Scripture says, "absent from the body, present with the Lord..."  We come today with a Biblical assurance that Eli is with the Lord.

     b. I am present without suffering--think of it! This body which has been wracked with pain and suffering for all of his brief life, is no free from that suffering and enjoying heaven.

     c. I am present with company--Is he sitting in the circle with Schuyler, Cameron, Mary Grace, and Allison; talking about their families, and all that brought them here.  The Bible says, "we shall know as we are known..."  so I believe they know one another and are able to spend time with them.

II.  FOR HIS PARENTS --Tim & Jen have been a challenge and blessing to all of us as we have watched them and listened to them through these days of pain and heartache.  Eli would say,

    a. Thank you--for your love and prayers

    b. Sorrow not as those who have no hope--I am indeed in a better place!

    c. Move forward--God has great things for you in the days ahead.


    a. Thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement--my family needed every one of you through this time.

    b. Learn from all that has happened in suffering, pain,tears, and love.  God makes no mistakes, and loves every one of you.

    c. Come join me!   Be sure you are prepared to enter into God's presence when He calls.

THANK YOU!  from a grieving, weeping great-grandfather.