Sunday, August 30, 2009

Jumbled thoughts and comfort found...

Firstly, thank you so much for everyones prayers and so many words of comfort.  Luke and I have read through everything, we have taken comfort and strength from your words and are blessed by your prayers.  Please keep praying, for at the moment we are lost.

At this time we are making decisions about Rie's service, we will update when we know. 

We take comfort from:

Marie's being perfectly whole and healed by the grace of our Lord Jesus.  In the words of a very special boy, "can you see her running?".

Our girls, Josie and Sarah.  Even in despair we are blessed with a new bundle and she is beautiful.

In the words of one of Zion's lions, Bob Marley:
"Rise up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Each by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', "This is my message to you-ou-ou:"

Singin': "Don't worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh!
Every little thing is gonna be all right. Don't worry!"
Singin': "Don't worry about a thing" - I won't worry!
"'Cause every little thing is gonna be all right."

We also find comfort in the words of our Heavenly Father, I hope they bring you all peace as well.

Romans 8:18-27
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Psalm 62:5-8
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. "Selah" Trust in him at all times, O people!



DeShane said...

Shannon, I am thinking of you so much; all of us from AHA and your CSU family are with your family during this time. I know you must be overwhelmed with everything right now. Many of your friends are praying for you all.

We love you!

Congratulations on the birth of Sarah Kate!

RC said...

love you, thinking of you non-stop

Anonymous said...

a special prayer was said for you today. Marie now is able to run with the other children - laugh and play, and you will see her again, whole. She is smiling down at you from the lap of Jesus


The VW's said...

OH SHAN! My heart is breaking for you! I am sitting here in tears and shock! We were gone for the weekend and I'm just now checking in on you! I have been thinking of you all weekend, wondering how your birth went and whether you had a boy or a girl, but NEVER did I think I would read that your precious Marie had gone to be with our Father in heaven!

I am SO SO SORRY! I don't even have the words right now!

Please just know that I'll be praying for you and thinking of you! I pray that God will give you "Peace that surpasses all understanding" now and always! This has to be the hardest thing anyone ever has to go through, but I know that God's grace will be with you and your family! LOVE, HUGS and PRAYERS!!!

Jenkins said...

I came across your blog through another asking for prayer.
I am praying right now for your comfort. What a beautiful thing to know that your daughter is whole in the arms of her Heavenly Father.

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Shannon, I am still thinking of you and all of your girls non-stop. I hope you can feel the thouhts and prayers being sent your way.

Michaelene said...

Shan, sweetheart, thank you so, so much for posting today. I am glad to read your words.
Please know that my prayers have been wrapped around each of you for many days. I am thinking about you and grieving and celebrating with you - and what a thin, thin veil between grief and joy. My love to you all, always! Sarah Kate - what a beautiful name you have given your newest blessing! Very fitting for another gorgeous bundle of JOY. May our God comfort you and yours and hold each of you close to Him. His peace be granted upon you and Luke and Josie and Sarah.

Anonymous said...

Shannon, never straying from our thoughts these past couple of days, grieving with you and holding your hand in spirit...your words are a source of comfort that we know you are leaning on the Lord and He will carry you in your time of need. You are an inspiration to all who know you, near and far. My prayers are with you all! I'm sure Josie and baby Sarah are bringing you peace. Hold tight to Luke, together you'll find your way. Big hugs and much love! xo

Michelle & the Hannon Family

Holly said...

My heart is with you tonight. I am praying for you. I am sure you are feeling a bundle of emotions, overwhelming joy and overwhelming loss... I can't imagine or pretend to understand what you are going through; find comfort in remembering what you already know, God is holding you in his arms during this time. Right next to Rie as I am sure He is holding her in his strong arms too, unless she is up and running.. I am sure she is ;) Spunky little thing. She is a treasure to all who got to know her in person and through this blog. You are an amazing family and I know you Marie's legacy will live on through her mommy, daddy, and her two sisters. God Bless you All. xoxo

Anonymous said...

Luke and Shannon
I am so sorry for your lose. Yet I would like to congratulate you on your new addition Sarah. YOu have always been in my thoughts and prayers and I will continue to pray for your family. Shannon you will always be a person that I will continue to look up to. YOu have been so strong through this whole process with Marie. I am just sorry that I never got to meet your little angel. If you need anything please let me know. God bless you.

Jenni (Tornquist) Golding and Family

Nicole Garman said...

Praying for you and your family at this joyous and trying time. We know the trials of Mito with our own son battling this disease and watching as close friends have lost their child to this battle. Many of our friends and family are praying for strength and comfort for all of you. Many times I find myself relying on the Footprints in the Sand Poem when I feel as if I cannot take another step. May you all find comfort in the Lord's arms as he carries you through these moments. God Bless You all!

nat said...

I, too, haven't stopped thinking of you guys. Wish there was something I could do to make you feel better.
I went to church Sunday for the first time in 7 years with one thing in mind, to say my prayers for Marie and your family. I felt like, being in His House, He would hear me. It felt good. I know she's with Him.
Be strong for your babies.
Know that Marie is better now.
I'll keep praying.
Peace to you.

Miranda said...

Oh my heart just broke for you and your family when I read about Marie this morning. I cannot imagine what you all must be going through. You are all in my prayers.
We do not and will not understand everything that happens on this earth, but we can take comfort in the fact that one day we will. And on that day little marie will come running back into your arms. I must say I hope I get to see that someday.
Congratulations on the birth of your new daughter. She will bring all types of new blessings, and I pray will help fill your arms and hearts and bring you peace.

Tiffany said...

Shannon & Luke
I too have not stopped thinking/praying for you all, and I wont!!
I can see Marie now running, singing, dancing, and chasing butterflies. Happy and Healed!!!
Please continue to find peace and comfort where you can.
Please let me know if you need anything!!!!

Buckner Family said...

My name is Sarah and I am an old friend of Mindy Pfohl. She shared about your family on her facebook page and we wanted to let you know we are saying prayers for your family during this time of loss! It is amazing to see your strong love for our Lord, especially after this difficult time. God's grace and love is amazing!
Thinking about your family and saying a prayer!

In His name,
Sarah Buckner
Noblesville, IN