Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Spirit.Heart.Soul.

It is funny how one single phone call can change everything. Our hearts were shattered into to a million jagged, broken, pieces. And from the beginning you were there. Each and every single one of you. And then more of you came, so many we don't even know except through the link of this digital age. Friends, moms, dads, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, doctors, nurses, pastors, and those who were once strangers that are now forever bonded to us.
"But Ruth replied, 'Don't ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God." Ruth 1:16
You became our Ruth, you planted your feet and said "I am there."
He gave us you.
You shared our burdens, our grief and sought God on our behalf.
You lifted our spirits, filled our hearts, and touched our souls.
You encouraged us and wrapped us in your arms.

"A friend loves at all times, and is born, as is a brother for adversity." Proverbs 17:17

Friends and family who drove hundreds of miles to simply wrap us in your arms...
Our doctor who was the first to treat me as a person and not a patient, who said "I am here, you are family now..."
Families in the middle of their own sorrow and grief, who found a way to share ours and reach out...
Nurses who prayed with tears in their eyes...
Strangers, who now are friends, that hit the floor on their knees on our behalf...
Friends and family who were content to come to us and just be...
Moms, friends, and strangers who reached out through email, cards, messages, your words lift us up...
You filled our refrigerator, manicured our lawn, and cleaned our home, and we feel your love...
You have loved on our sweet precious girl and for that we are eternally grateful...

You spoke life into our tired souls. The beauty, grace and unconditional love you have poured into our family continues to take my breath away. He will forever bind us together. Thank you for showing the world how we are called to love one another. Our hope is for God to bless all of you with friends who love, weep, pray, and remind you of the beauty of fellowship.

"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." John 15:13


~The One Thousand Gifts

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