Saturday, November 30, 2013

Grieving on this Holiday Weekend

I had a Thanksgiving post planned. It was going to be about heritage. I am so thankful for my heritage and it's been on my heart lately since recently Ezie was dedicated in the same church and by the same pastor where I was dedicated as a baby

Our church is even called Heritage Fellowship so heritage is of great importance to us.

The reason I did not get this post published is because on Thanksgiving day before we sat down to eat dinner tragedy struck and we had been informed that our pastor's granddaughter who is 18 months old suddenly, and completely unexpectedly, stopped breathing. She still had a pulse so we, along with all those connected to this family from all around the world, began to pray. Unfortunately later that evening we read this update from the pastor (I put the initials of his granddaughter instead of her name).

Today, I am thankful that my son and his wife know the Lord. It is in times like this we are very grateful that they have family and friends who love them. Thankful for the support system they have, a support system of people of faith who will be praying for them as they are passing through the valley of Baca (the valley of weeping).

Earth has no sorrows, that Heaven cannot heal. God gave them beautiful little twin girls. Today the Lord who does all things right, chose to take PK home earlier than the rest of us. We are thankful for the blessing she has been, the joy she has given us, and the place in our hearts that she will always have. Thank you Lord for the privilege we had to love this special God given baby. We thank you because we know that you make all things work together for good.

Since then both of their other daughters were admitted to the hospital. I have no information on what type of illness this is (if that is even what it is). I do know that their oldest daughter who is Z's age (6) has been discharged and this is the latest update about PK's twin.

PL is still in Children's Hospital in Cincinnati. They will finish their testing today, late last night they were planning on a spinal tap this morning. 

My heart has been broken over all this. Pastor and his family were there for us when we lost my little brother 22 years ago. In fact my dad even pulled out a letter of sympathy that he had saved, which was written by Pastor's son (the twins father who is shown standing beside pastor in the photo above). 

When we moved here almost two years ago our Pastor's daughter-in-law (the twins mother) was pregnant with the twins while I was pregnant with Ezie. We had plenty in common just from motherhood and pregnancy, but we bonded more when SJ was diagnosed because she happens to work for an ENT. In fact she "moved mountains" to get us an appointment with one of the best ENTs in the nation and then she got the appointment date moved up so that we could see him sooner. He is the Doctor that we go to today and I am so grateful that we had this connection. My friend also recently wrote a letter on SJ's behalf to an association that gives scholarships to children with hearing loss. The letter brought me to tears, and I was so grateful for her friendship and how she has been there for me in the midst of such a difficult time.

 I had no idea what she would have to go through though. I can't even imagine being in their shoes on Thanksgiving day. As a church we are all mourning this loss. I worked in the nursery for the Friday night service and knowing that PK is gone is very difficult to process. This is a little shot of her and Ezie hanging out in the nursery a few weeks ago. 

I know all of you mothers and friends reading this can imagine the blanket of sorrow that is covering the church right now as we grieve the loss of this precious little life. PLEASE pray for the Keith family this Holiday season. This is a hard enough thing to go through without it happening on Thanksgiving day. This family has walked through some difficult times with us, and now we are ready to walk along side them, and just be there for comfort and support knowing that, as pastor said, God makes all things work together for good. 


{amy} said...

I am so sorry to read about what y'all are going through. Though it is different, I can relate because of what we went through (& are still going through) as a church body after Bailey's passing (7 months ago now). She was almost 18 and had lived a little more life, but it is still so incredibly hard to watch a friend grieve the loss of her baby girl and try to be there for her as her church family. It is also beautiful to see people drawn to our heavenly Father as a result of them praising Him through this tragedy. I know the same will happen with this situation as well. Praying for the Keith family.

Anonymous said...

This story makes me think all the more of the vision I had of God holding us in the palm of His hand.He loves us and takes care of us through everything.

TracyL26 said...

I am so sorry to hear about this. Such sadness around the holidays makes the grieving even harder. Will be praying that God holds them close and carries the entire family through this.

Jen Price said...

I am so sorry to hear this. I just can't imagine losing a little one and around the holidays. Praying for this family.