Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Kylee Jane

We arrived back home about an hour ago and we're all exhausted, but I'm finding it difficult to settle into sleep mode. My heart continues to break for Ben and Trisha, who buried their baby earlier today. The reality really set in for me today that the hundreds and hundreds of people who surrounded them this weekend were all headed home, back to their lives. Things were about to quiet down for them, and while I know they are emotionally and physically exhausted, I know that quiet will come as a shock.

I had a moment today, during the services, where I thought of all of you. I wanted to beam you all in to listen to the words, to witness for yourselves the supernatural grace that consumes my brave and lovely cousins. I told Ben on Sunday that people who didn't even know him, who didn't even know me, were praying for them. We talked about how this makes real to all of us the unity that we have in Christ. The hope we have in Christ.

I want to thank you, pure and true, for lifting all of us up over this past week. The comfort that comes from knowing that you are sharing a portion of our grief is something that I will not forget.

You have allowed me, in a very small way, into your life, and in doing so, you have made my world bigger. You have given me a place of acceptance and love and fun and silliness and all of the things that make this life a joy to live.

I want to share a picture of precious Kylee with all of you. I think it's important and I just want to remember. As one of the ministers said today, Kylee accomplished her God-breathed mission in just five short years. She brought love and healing through her special, little life. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could all follow suit? If we could all strive to make love and healing a part of our daily mission? I loved that truth - that God put each of us here on Earth for a specific mission. Sounds so exciting!



This teeny, tiny photo (the only one I could find!) is of Ben and Trisha and their family. When you think of them, please say a prayer for them. They blessed me over and over this weekend. They are hurting, but they know the truth. Their trust in the One who knew all of this from the beginning has not wavered.

Prayer for Reece Family

"Death of a child must remind God of how He hurt when His Son died on that cross. We have been blessed by God so much this past week. Although tomorrow won't be easy , I know we will get through because Jesus has already been there and he is saying come and I will bear your burdens for you. I love you all and keep praying for us ( IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE )"
-Ben Reece, via Facebook, Sunday, March 7th

33 comments:

  1. Shannan,
    My heart aches for you and your cousins. I am so sorry. I haven't been able to stop thinking about your family. It is unimaginable to think of what they must be going through right now.
    We will continue to pray for all of you.
    Take Care,
    Maria

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  2. I was thinking of you and your family today. I am hurting for Trisha and Ben, She is and Angel..I have no word..I am so sorry..~lulu

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  3. Learning to walk on this Earth without one of your children is a terrible & horrible thing, but somehow He helps us put one foot in front of the other until we can be together again. He covers us in His warm blanket of comfort to help us through, and somehow turn our sorrow into a new life. I will be thinking and praying for Ben, Trisha, their family along with you and your family. Take good care, Heather

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  4. I was thinking how Kylie might see all of this... I am sure in her sweet little spirit she would want you to go on, to love each other with abandon, knowing that life is just that precious. She would want happiness and not sorrow, kids are built that way. She would not want you to waste one precious moment with your beautiful children, because the moments she had with her family were so precious. She would wish you JOY and laughter and happiness, as BIG as the LOVE she has found in the arms of Jesus.
    We continue to pray for this precious family in their grief. Keep us updated. You are precious to me!
    Hugs,
    Rhonda

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  5. I'm praying for you and your family.

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  6. I'm just speechless Shanny. I can't fathom what you and your family have been through. Thank GOD that you all have faith in Him, and it's sustaining you through this unimaginable time. You have been, and will continue to be in my prayers.

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  7. Sending big hugs and prayers and Love your way. Thanks so much for sharing your big heart with all of us.
    Char

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  8. Sadness for the family that will be missing her in this time apart. JOY for her resurrection. She is home in Jesus' loving arms.

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  9. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. I thought of all of you yesterday and prayed God would continue to bless each of you as you walked through the pain.

    May you take comfort in knowing Kylee is with Jesus and surrounded by love, peace and joy.

    Hugs and prayers. May God bless you.

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  10. I don't know how people face these types of losses without Christ. How would you live through the loss of a child without that hope of seeing them again and knowing they were taken home to their true Father? It's the only bit of comfort out there. I continue to pray for your family.

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  11. Oh Shannan. It's just so heartbreaking. I just sat and held Emma this morning and sang to her and cuddled her and thought about how precious it all is.

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  12. Shannan, there truly are no words.

    Hugs and love to you all...

    ~mary~

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  13. Oh my goodness. Your cousins have been in my thoughts and prayers since your first post. I can't even begin to imagine what they are living right now. Praise the Lord that there's so much more to our lives than this earthly life. Praise the Lord that they will spend eternity with their daughter. Please know that I will continue to lift them all up in my prayers. Thank the Lord that our God is the Comforter, that He knows and feels our pain right along with us and draws us close and shelters us under His wings. Praying...

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  14. What a strong and beautiful family they are! We cannot explain why but know that life is precious and we should not take it for granted. My heart has been hurting for you and your family and I will continue to pray for you all!

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  15. My heart is truly breaking for you and yours. I will continue to hold you up in my prayers.

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  16. What a precious little girl. I can't imagine making it through something like this without faith in God.
    I'm glad you're home, safe and sound. Thanks for sharing life, Shannan....in all it's ups and downs.

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  17. I am trying to see through my tears to write this... so beautifully put, Shannan.

    My heart breaks for all of you. The grace in which your family has carried themselves in the midst of such grief is truly a testament of the power of Faith and Love. I know that there is healing in your tears because your family knows the joy of Kaylee's heart.

    Many Blessings and Prayers to each of you!

    Much Love,
    Melanie

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  18. this brought tears to my eyes as it reminded me of my own daughter. my heart breaks for everyone touched by her life.

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  19. hurting with you and your sweet family. what a testimony of God's faithfulness.

    this serves as a reminder to me that every day with our little ones matters. He has LOANED them and has entrusted them to us during their time on this earth.

    Someday HE does want them back, it may be tomorrow or it may be in 70 years. Are we raising our children in such a way that they will be His forever? When He comes knocking on the doors of their hearts to accept Him as Lord over their lives, will they know His voice?

    Kylee is a beauty. Thanks for sharing this picture of her with us.

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  20. I have been thinking about you and your cousins and their loss- I am so, so sorry. I can't imagine the sorrow. It's amazing that Ben could post such a true and beautiful statement on his facebook page. Praying for you all.

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  21. this is quite honestly more than I can bear...and it is not MY child. You are all in my prayers. I am so very sorry.
    xoxoTara

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  22. This brings such strong emotion and tears...thank you for sharing and Ben's words are amazing...this is so painful that I cannot imagine ~ Blessings to all of your family...and what a great way to remember her with photos

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  23. I am not sure what to write...cause nothing I say would make anything better, and for that I am sad. But your words ring true, and she being the angel she is..brought so much in 5 years, wow...what a shinning example of faith and love. Adding her picture made me tear a wee bit, she is absolutely darling, and she is sitting in heaven looking down now...precious angel~ xo

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  24. Thank you for sharing a photo of the adorable Kylee. I'm thinking of you all.

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  25. Kylee is a beautiful girl that I am certain brightened many lives while she was here on earth.
    God bless Kylee and her family. Give them the strength they need to overcome this tragedy.
    My heart hurts for them.
    ~Andrea in NH

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  26. You are all in my prayer journal. We can do all things through Christ, who gives us strength.

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  27. What a precious beautiful girl. I will continue to pray for your cousin's as they learn life without Kylee.

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  28. hmmm.....by heart breaks, yet my heart praises. what a beautiful little girl. kylee, your life will continue to bring more people to Jesus.

    praying.

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  29. Since the moment mama called with the news I have been praying. Bonnie said it was a beautiful day! Such a sad moment for such a wonderful family.

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  30. Shannan -
    there are a lot of us out here for you -

    some of us in places you'd never think to find us.

    Blessings,
    XOXO

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  31. still praying for your cousin's family. their clarity of perspective is amazing.

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  32. I have tears in my eyes as I write this! What beautiful child she was and I love the words shared above. THank you so much for encouraging us.
    No one knows how many days we have on this earth but may we too accomplish all that the Lord has for us. ~praying~

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