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I just found this story…… really moved me. This is what love is truly about. This is what I have in John Bibby!!

Triumph of the Spirit

Katie Kirkpatrick’s story is a powerful reminder that we can still find joy in the midst of suffering tragedy by focusing on and celebrating the present moment. The photos and text come from an e-mail I received and from which verified Katie’s story.

On Valentine’s Day, 2002, Katie Kirkpatrick, then a freshman at Rochester College (a small Christian college in Rochester Hills, Michigan), was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Undaunted, Katie strove to keep up with her studies, but she suffered another setback in 2003 when she was diagnosed with an inoperable lung tumor wrapped around her pulmonary artery. Nonetheless, in 2004 the resilient Katie took part in champion cyclist Lance Armstrong’s Ride for the Roses cancer fundraiser.

On January 15, 2005, twenty-one-year-old Katie—the girl “with a contagious smile and unrelenting optimism” who had been battling cancer for three years—married twenty-three-year-old Lapeer County sheriff’s deputy Nick Goodwin, her…

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New reflections on loss

I just got an email from a friend who just lost her 24-year-old son, in his sleep yesterday. Her pain is incomprehensible. My pain for her is immense. Having a 23-year-old son myself, living in Pennsylvania, it caused me to check his Facebook page. I immediately checked on all my kids to make sure that they were safe. I quickly wrote a note on Taylor’s wall to say that I love him. This is the second May in a row where a Mom I know of  has lost their only child (son). They have been taken suddenly at the same juncture of their young life.  Leaving crushed hearts, broken dreams and hopes in the wake.  Inexplicable and devastating loss.

And now I sit here with an old familiar friend…………sudden, inexplicable loss. We know each other well. We have met many times before. He is like a rude and unwelcome house guest that shows up, tries to take up residence and make himself at home. He wants to live here, you know. He is always looking for a way to barge in and high jack my positive life and outlook. But I will have none of it!  Change and consequently, loss is a part of life!  If you are alive, loss is certain at times.  It will be a part of our human experience.

I will do what loss has taught me to do in the past. I will appreciate today! A new day and an opportunity to bless, help and glorify GOD. I will show deep and abiding gratitude for the people I love and who love me. I will thank GOD for all the wonderful times and memories I have as a MOM. I will endeavor to be truly present and live in the moment and be GRATEFUL for all of it. ALL OF IT!!

And I will be a good friend.  I will respect the privacy needs of my friend and remain available for whatever she needs.  I will also seek God’s comfort and peace for her in her loss.

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I’m Not Who I Was………………………….. :)

Brandon Heath – I’m Not Who I Was Lyrics

I wish you could see me now
I wish I could show you how
I’m not who I was
I used to be mad at you
A little on the hurt side too
But I’m not who I was

I found my way around
To forgiving you
Some time ago
But I never got to tell you so

I found us in a photograph
I saw me and I had to laugh
You know, I’m not who I was
You were there, you were right above me
And I wonder if you ever loved me
Just for who I was

When the pain came back again
Like a bitter friend
It was all that I could do
To keep myself from blaming you

I reckon it’s a funny thing
I figured out I can sing
Now I’m not who I was
I write about love and such
Maybe ’cause I want it so much
I’m not who I was

I was thinking maybe I
I should let you know
I am not the same
But I never did forget your name

Well the thing I find most amazing
In amazing grace
Is the chance to give it out
Maybe that’s what love is all about

I wish you could see me now
I wish I could show you how
I’m not who I was