Sunday, April 12, 2009

Finding joy in sadness

Happy Easter everyone.

I'm writing to you today with a sad heart.

This past Tuesday, April 7th, a very special little girl passed away.

Mike and Heather Spohr had to say goodbye to their daughter Maddie.

You can read her story on Heather's blog.

It is never easy to say goodbye to someone you love; especially someone so young and with so much life left to live. My heart aches for the Spohrs as they deal with their grief and struggle to understand why this has happened.

This morning in church the minister talked about facing the inevitability of death in everyone's life. Death through loss, and how to face the reality of that loss and use it to help you better live your life.

My prayer is that Mike and Heather can face this loss and use the time they had with their sweet little girl to live the rest of their days in honor of her. In honor of her bright eyes and vibrant smile. In honor of all the love that they shared together as a family.

For Mike and Heather it will be a long road and they can use all the love and support people can give. If you want to contribute in some way to this family visit the For Maddie page to find out how.

The internet community never ceases to amaze me. Generosity is not dead and on this Easter day that fills my heart with joy.

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