Donor Sabbath was celebrated this morning during our Sunday Service. This day touches me deeply. My dad suffered from IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis) and was told that he had possibly 18 months to live. Dad was rarely ill…I’m talking I don’t remember him as much as having a cold! When he became ill with IPF, and to know the prognosis was so bleak, was surreal. We learned his only chance for survival was a lung transplant. Health-wise he was a great candidate, however he was 64 years old and the cutoff age was 65. On February 5, 2000 my dad received a new lung! He was going to turn 65 on the 25th of June, so this was truly answered prayer! Dad survived for five years with his new lung, despite struggling constantly with rejection. The donor was an angel to our family. I do encourage everyone to sign up to be a transplant/tissue donor. So many lives can be saved by your gift.
Dad, there are no words, simply a white rose.
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Yesterday, my daughter attended the funeral of a 6-week old baby girl. This sweet baby did not wake up from her nap; it is believed to be SIDS. My heart hurts for what these young parents must be going through. May Almighty God comfort this family.
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As we begin Veterans Awareness Week, please keep all of our brave Airman, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in your thoughts. We must not forget the servicemen and women, past and present who have served their country proudly. To my sons, I am deeply proud of you both! To my Uncle John who lost his life on a destroyer in the Pacific during World War II, I wish I had met you to give you a hug! To my Uncle Pat, who enlisted in the U.S. Army, thank you for your service! To my hubster who served 6 years in the U.S.Navy, heart-felt thanks. To my brother-in-law Phil , a Vietnam Vet receiving several Purple Hearts, your sacrifice will always be appreciated. To my childhood babysitter, Davis who lost his life in Vietnam at the age of 19, my thanks. To all Gold Star Moms, may you know peace.
This day is filled with heart whispers, all of which are worthy of silent moments in prayer.
May Almighty God Bless us all!