Every once in awhile I see a tweet or a post that just tugs on my heart strings more than others. True, there are lots of stories of suffering people out there but I really feel that God leads my heart to bleed for specific situations. And likely, the same happens for you.
Last night I saw a tweet by a friend asking to pray for a little girl Maddie and her blogging mother after a sudden trip to the hospital after a cough and chest congestion. I am pretty sure this one caught my eye so completely because we had just had our little boy to the doctor the day before for similar symptoms. Reading about their sudden trip from cough to hospital left me feeling grateful that we were home and only had to suffer through another round of antibiotics.
I started to pray hard for this family though. I was never “suppose” to have Isaac and I try to remind myself every day that the time I have with him is not guaranteed. I have a gracious and loving Father but that, unfortunately, doesn’t mean that I have a free pass from heartache and disaster. I am reminded with situations like these that I have to lean on my Savior for Understanding and Truth in the midst of these times.
Sadly, I awoke today to find out that Maddie had passed away last night. How completely and utterly heart breaking. I don’t even know this little girl or her family but I know that it could just as easily have been me and my son. The situation also reminds me of why I love the blogging community so very much. Sure, it is fun to have a blog, but the community of moms, dads, families and random strangers never ceases to amaze me! Today, there has been a cry to support the March of Dimes in support of Maddie and her family. As of writing this post (2:50 pm EST) there has been over $13,000 raised! What an amazing outpouring for a family so devastated today.
If you have the means, I encourage you to also support Maddie and her family through this struggling time by supporting others. If you have not the financial means, I am certain that the family is much in need of prayer to get through the days ahead.
Thank you for listening to me and giving me a place to pour out my heart. I pray that these posts will remind you of how special your little ones are (if you have them), how important every moment can be, and how necessary it is to lean on our Father in times like these.