Sunday, February 28, 2010

I've been hosting an internal debate for the past couple of hours over whether or not to post about this. Well, here I am.

I had a great Friday and Saturday. The grey clouds were parting and I was ready to shove those pesky loiterers right outta the way. I was ready for a fresh start. Ready to tackle things that needed tackling. Ready to return to my snappy self.

Early this morning a call came in. My cousin and her 5 children were in a car accident and one of her precious babies, her 5 year-old daughter, did not make it.

It has been a heart-breaking day. It has put my silly last-week woes right into perspective.

Friends, you lifted me up through my blue-around-the-edges week. I'm asking you now, please pray for my cousin Trisha, her husband Ben, and the rest of our family.

In the flood of encouragement I received last week was this verse:

"This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him."
-Psalm 91:2

I've read this verse and recited it in my head over and over today. I am praying it for Trisha and Ben. They love Jesus and I'm praying that right now they feel peace that is beyond our human comprehension. It seems so impossible to me. So impossible. But I know One who is able.

74 comments:

  1. Oh dear... I cannot even imagine... I will be praying for your family - that He would wrap them up in the comfort of Himself.

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  2. i am just so sorry to hear about your loss. i will pray now.

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  3. Oh, I am so sorry for your family; you will all be in my thoughts and prayers tonight.

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  4. Awww my darling I am SO sorry to have read this. Your family.this precious 5 year old child will forever be in my prayers.

    I received a phone call similar to this yesterday and today I've been nothing but weak and in a daze. My sons father cousin (who we all love deeply) was walking home from a friends house who lived up the street and was shot in the head and was left to die on the side walk in the pouring rain. He was only 30 years old. A very innocent person who was at the wrong place at the wrong time. All we can do is just look to the man above and pray deeply for their souls.

    MY thoughts are with you sweetie. Hang in there.

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  5. I am so sorry to hear this. I am praying for all of your family.
    Hugs from my whole family!
    Michelle

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  6. Ohhhh....I'm praying...I'm praying.....

    : (

    Julie M.

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  7. I am so, so sorry to hear this. Praying that they feel God's love more now than ever.

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  8. Sending up prayers for your family...can't even imagine.

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  9. I am so very sorry. I do pray for peace that passes all understanding. I pray that you all feel God carrying you through this time.

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  10. I will and am praying. I am sorry for your loss and can't imagine the pain the family must be feeling right now. I pray that God shows His love during this difficult time.

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  11. I am so sorry. Unimaginable. I will absolutely pray for them.

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  12. Oh Shannan. I am so very sad and so very sorry for your family. I really can't imagine it. In my thoughts and prayers tonight. Sending out many prayers...

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  13. I am so sorry, we will all be praying for Trisha, Ben and all of your family. I can't imagine the thought of losing one of my children.
    We lost a brother (back in 2000) who was only 18 years old in a car accident. He was with his fiance and they were due to get married the next month. I will never forget the day I heard and how devastated our entire family was. His fiance delivered their son 5 months later. I am not sure how I could handle this kind of tragedy with one of my own kids. Just know that we will be praying for all of you.
    Take Care,
    Maria

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  14. What a sad thing to have happened...No parent should have to experience the loss of a child. Saying prayers for the entire family.

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  15. I am so so sorry for your family's loss. There are no words I can say other than I will certainly be praying for all of you.

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  16. My heart hurts for this Mommy. Your family will be in my thoughts & prayers.

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  17. I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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  18. Yes I will pray. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of their beautiful child.

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  19. I can not even imagine. Just hearing about your cousin has broken my heart and I can't stop the tears. I will pray. I am so sorry sweet friend!

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  20. I am so sorry for the sadness that has come to your family. There are no words to console such sadness. Sending prayers your way.

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  21. I am so sorry for you and your family...Trisha, Ben and everyone...my prayers are with all of you all during this difficult time...

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  22. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers...
    Cindy at Lakewood

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  23. So very sad. My heart is broken for Trisha, Ben and the rest of the family. Praying...

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  24. I'm so sorry. I will be praying....

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  25. Praying lovey...so much going on lately in life that makes you greatful for every mundane minute...I love you.

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  26. I meant to also say that I like your new header...very pretty.

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  27. Oh Shannan, I am so sorry to hear about this. It is heart-breaking. I will be thinking of your family and keeping all of you in my prayers.

    Polly

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  28. s-
    i was shocked to hear the news yesterday morning at church. i loved seeing mya & kylee holding hands at church, it will be so hard on her sisters. prayers.prayers.
    hugs,
    kara

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  29. So sad to hear this news. I will be praying for your cousins family and that they know the peace of Christ during this heart breaking time.

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  30. Prayers are going up my friend. I can't wrap my brain around this...I have a 5 year old daughter (as well as 2 others), but I can't imagine the pain or going through something like this not knowing Jesus. I rejoice in the fact that they KNOW the one who Comforts. May they feel His presence so strongly and allow Him to walk them through this.

    Thank you for sharing and allowing us to pray. Things like this really put things in to a perspective for me....I had a cloudy week last week and a gloomy start to this week.

    praying.....

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  31. I am so very sorry for your family's tragic loss. I will be keeping you all in prayer.

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  32. Oh goodness. I'm so sorry. I will be praying for your family today. Thank you for letting us share your burden.

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  33. Sending out a prayer for that little girl and for her family. No one should have to lose a chld...I'm so sorry.

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  34. My heart has been so heavy since yesterday when we found out right after church. I'm so sad about dear Kylee. I've been thinking of you a lot too, I knew Trisha was your cousin. It's hard to focus on the normal things I have to do today - it just doesn't seem right. Sending you love and hugs and prayers. We are praying for everyone touched by this. May God keep you wrapped in His loving arms.

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  35. I'm so sorry to hear this news. I will definitely send up prayers for your family and friends in this time of sorrow.

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  36. I am so sorry to hear this. I will be praying for you and your family. Keep God close to your heart.

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  37. My heart just S a n k...to my toes. Shannan....I am so sorry for the loss in your family, I cannot imagine, cannot. It is times like these that make me realize how quickly life can come and go, I will keep your family in my prayers....and i am going to hug my punk even tighter then I already do. xoxo

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  38. My God hold Trish and Ben so tight right now. Comfort them somehow in this most dark time. Know they will be together again. I will ask my local church to pray for them. I will go to church and also light a candle for them. God speed, help this family. I am so sorry for your loss. ~lulu

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  39. Oh my heart is so full of sadness right now. I WILL be praying for that peace to come and flood your whole family. They will need it so desperately!!!

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  40. Saying a prayer for your whole family right now.

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  41. There truly are no words...
    You are ALL surrounded by prayer.
    annie

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  42. I am so sorry! There are no words for this but God knows our moanings, my prayers are with your cousin and her family as well as you and yours.

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  43. Our hearts are breaking, too. There will forever be a hole in their family that only the love of Christ can fill. Prayers to you.

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  44. Oh, dearest Lord, have mercy, have mercy. I'm so sorry, Shannan. Trisha and Ben and kids, I'm so, so sorry. My children and I are praying for you today and for all the tomorrows that you must go through without your baby here on this earth. Shannan, tears are dripping down for you and for your family. Though we don't understand, we hold tightly to the One who does. I will hug my children tighter today and breath fervent prayers of gratitude and protection over them.

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  45. I am praying for comfort and peace that passes understanding from the Father above...can't even imagine the pain...we've had a tragic loss as well, and have felt others praying for us, so I know just how important prayer is, even if you don't personally know the family.

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  46. oh i am so sorry
    i just can't imagine
    i will be covering ben , trisha, & the rest of the family in my prayers....

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  47. i am so sorry. how tragic. you are all in my prayers.

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  48. My heart breaks for these dear parents and your entire family. Praying for all of you.

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  49. {{{{HUGS}}}}}

    Thoughts and Prayers!

    Peace and Love,
    Georgiann from The Garden Gate~

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  50. Oh, I am so sorry for your family's loss. Praying that Jesus will ease your pain and bring you comfort.

    Kimberly

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  51. Oh Shannan ~
    <>
    Hugs to you and your family.
    <3

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  52. Oh my goodness...praying for you and your family.

    Blessings,
    Rachel

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  53. Heartbroken for your cousin and her family! Will definitely be praying for them.

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  54. Praying for you and your family. His strength is perfect when OUR strength is gone.

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  55. So very sad.....may God give you all strength and peace and wisdom.

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  56. Hey Sweet one. I've been thinking about you and your family. I'm just so sad for all of you. Sending hugs and prayers your way.

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  57. I am so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and in my heart.

    oxox
    Jennifer

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  58. May our GOD that gives hope and comfort hold you and your dear family in His arms. I am so sorry.
    I will be praying

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  59. I will pray that God will wrap them in His Arms and Love them deeply! my heart is breaking for you all... that put my woes in perspective too... life is so precious... we know not what the future holds...I will pray!
    new follower...
    Just Jenn~

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  60. how terribly sad......even for me to hear that....a nightmare for the mother/father/family...and friends.....

    the family will be in my prayers....

    oh my...so sad.

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  61. You've been on my mind all day. It's hard to know what to say in times like these, but I was so glad to learn they are believers. That will be the ultimate and eventual source of their comfort.

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  62. Oh my, so sad. Sending prayers their way.

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  63. Many, MANY prayers heaven bound. Jesus come soon.

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  64. Prayers for you all, I'm so sorry...

    Mikal

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  65. A day of Sorrow! I'm so very sorry for your loss.Prayers are sent your way.~Kim

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  66. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I wish I had words to comfort you but I know that in this time, all the words in the world don't mean nearly as much as the prayers that will be sent up to the Heavens.

    Lifting your family up in prayer!

    Melanie

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  67. Heartbreaking. I think of my own 5 year old daughter - oh I can't imagine. I will be praying!

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  68. That is so heartbreaking. I'll pray for you and your family tonight. Take care!

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  70. Shannan I'm so sorry for your tragic loss. My heart broke for you & your family at the news.I'm continuing to pray for you all.

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  71. I am so sorry to hear this terrible news. I am lifting Trisha, Ben, you and your whole family up in prayer. I hope you all can find some comfort.

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  72. I just read this post, and I am praying for your cousin.

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