Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thankful Thursday

In the world of blogging, I've come to realize that Thursdays are a special day to reflect on things in your life, for which you are thankful. Hence Thankful Thursday. I've never really taken part in this, only because I don't post each and every day. However, this Thursday I'm finding myself thankful for so many things. A lot has transpired in the past week that has made me count my many blessings.

Many of you have heard about the shooting of two police officers in Tampa, Florida. This tragic story made not only local headlines, but has been spread nationally. The police are doing what they can, yet have still been unable to catch the man behind this heinous crime. I was saddened to hear about the families that were left behind without their loved one. One officer was married and a father to four boys and the other officer was married, his wife expecting their first child in a week. I have been unable to get these women out of my mind. I can't imagine what they are going through right now. One minute, you have everything... and the next minute, your whole world is turned upside down.

Just last night, I came across another family who could use some prayers said for them today. I follow many "mommy blogs" on a daily basis and one that I read regularly led me to a new one. In one night, after catching up on old blog posts, I felt like I had been on this journey with this family the whole time. Tears welled in my eyes, I said a prayer, and went right to bed, with more tears. You should definitely check out Megan and Brent's blog, but here's a quick summary of their journey. (Just get your tissues ready if you visit) Megan and Brent found out at 22 weeks pregnant that their little Cohen had not only one congenital heart defect, but four. Having one could be manageable, but having four together is very rare and could be very dangerous. Cohen was born on June 7, 2010 and just days later, on June 18, 2010, he became a sweet angel in heaven. For a family that was so deserving, they were left with this unimaginable heartbreak. The memorial service is being held for Cohen today, so please take a moment to say a prayer for this family.

If you would like to participate in A Moment of Silence for Cohen,
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I've had a hard time processing how these things can happen to such wonderful people. Life just isn't fair sometimes. So after having a few sleepless nights, I am sitting here this morning extremely thankful for what God has given me. A wonderful husband, a sweet baby (one that I snuck in her room last night at 2am just to give her a kiss), and a life filled with love. My heart goes out to these families that are dealing with a time of grief and mourning and I continue to pray for God to grant them the strength that they will need to get through the hard times ahead.

4 comments:

Carol said...

You are right. So much to be Thankful for daily and so much we take for granted. Daily. I saw this banner and didn't know the story. I can't read it. I know I can't handle it. Things like this break my heart to the point where I can't function, but I will pray for the family.

Susan said...

Liz,

I have been so moved when I think about these two young Moms too. It's so so sad. I only pray that they have a network of friends and family to help fill a void that will be impossible to fill.

Cohen's story broke my heart. I simply cannot imagine the grief this family must feel.

Thanks for sharing and reminding me today that we all need to count our blessings!

Hugs,

Susan

patr82049 said...

Hi Liz,

Can you believe it?? Are you as proud of us as we are of you...we are legitimate followers now!

Keep Smiling,
Mama & Dad

Mama Hen said...

It really is so hard to comprehend when such sad things happen to good people. This is such a wonderful thankful post!We really do have so much to be thankful for!

Mama Hen