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love has no one than this; to lay down one’s life for another” (John 15:13). While his illness and death were not voluntary, we know from his own testimony that he had the love of Jesus dwelling in his heart. Just before his stroke, Noah had been involved with the passion play at Auburn Adventist Academy. During practice, while he watched people put Jesus on the cross, Noah began to talk about how Jesus was coming back and how everyone that had fallen asleep would be raised from the ground. Noah elaborated on how everyone who dies just

PERSPECTIVE That same world that pushes us to fill our lives with more work, sports, projects, education and achievements had its hold momentarily broken as Noah taught us to hug our loved ones tighter and more often. sparrow falls to the ground without God’s noticing, so we should have hope because we are worth more than sparrows (Matt. 10:29). For this reason passages like 1 Thessalonians 4 encourage not to grieve like others do, but to have hope because those who have “fallen asleep” will rise again when Jesus comes — especially inspirational little sparrows like Noah. When that day comes, the heaven and earth that awaits will be new, and the God who notes every hair on our head, and each little bird that falls to the ground, will remember Noah and countless other beautiful children like him. Revelation 21 promises that God will wipe away every tear. Pain and death

sleeps until Jesus wakes them up. The 6-year-old theologian knew where to place his hope and reminded us where to put ours. The Hebrew Scriptures tell us that “God remembered Noah …” (Gen. 8:1) after the catastrophic death toll and the chaos of the deluge. God remembered His servant, even the animals, and led them to a restored world. Jesus tells us that not even the smallest


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will no longer interrupt our lives — and nothing will separate us from our Savior or each other. With such love in Noah’s heart, such a testimony on his lips and such an impact on so many who continue to “#rememberNoah,” we can have assurance of seeing Noah again on that bright morning, when all little sparrows will soar like eagles into the arms of Jesus. Noah’s family has been inspired to raise awareness for pediatric stroke in order to prevent misdiagnosis that can lead to loss of life. Please take time to explore Seth Pierce, Puyallup Church lead pastor