This week has been so sad, in a lot of ways. First of all, the Paris tragedy. I am so blown away, and I can't understand how such hatred can exist in a group of people to do this kind of cowardly warfare on innocent people. But the one thing that impacted me is the young boy who was spotted in Paris, at one of the memorials, writing a simple phrase. "Love Will Always Win." I totally agree, even though at times it just doesn't feel like that. Sometimes I'm tempted to throw in the towel and join in with the rest of the haters. But what good will that do? It just gives them more validation, more ammunition to continue. Love is also contagious and you never know what a kind word or act will do for someone.
Also today after months of surgeries and suffering, Baylee Hoaldridge, a 15-year-old local girl, was taken off life support and passed away. She had been burned over 65% of her body when her family RV tipped over and trapped her as she was buckled in her seatbelt. This happened on July 4th, and over these past months she endured 27 surgeries and was scheduled for her 28th. She was so strong. At one point was even walking, but soon after had to have her legs amputated because she got infection and went into septic shock. The only daughter of 4 children, her parents are absolutely heartbroken. But the community came together for her and so much good came out of it. Her grieving mother was buoyed up when her brother wrapped her in his arms and whispered, "Don't ask why. Ask what" To me that means that there are things that God knows that we don't, and instead of asking why, we can ask 'what is it that I need to learn, or what can I do to make this a stepping stone, what can I do to make this experience draw nearer to Him? Read more of her story here.
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