I am thoroughly enjoying reading all the comments left by my family yesterday. Doesn't it do your heart good to tell others what they mean to you? Especially when they return the affection!
For day 3 of Christmas posting, I want to do a tribute to my baby girl. My friend, Jess, sent this email to me last week and we were both crying because it sounds just like Kari.
However, I also realize there are so many people out there with kids just as brave as Kari. They have to live with this horrible thing called CANCER every single day. Little girls walk around with no hair gazing longingly at those who have it wondering if one day they might have hair again. Little boys watch as their friends play baseball and wonder if they'll ever feel like running again. There are those kids that are just hanging on by a thread right now and their families are aching for assurance that it's going to be okay.
And in the middle of the crisis...there's goodness. Because God uses these brave little souls like Kari to reach people. There's love pouring in from all sides to surround these kids and their families. There are parents who hold their children tighter and have a little more patience with them, for they know it could be their child with a life threatening disease. There are selfish people who suddenly see the need to give to those less fortunate than themselves. I've heard many mothers say that Kari's diagnosis has changed the way they treat their children. I've heard others say that the little aggravating things of life aren't so aggravating anymore.
So...here's my tribute to the brave little soul that I've been blessed enough by God to call my daughter. I love you, Cinderella!
The Brave Little Soul By: John Alessi
Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world. He especially enjoyed the love he saw there and often expressed this joy with God. One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day he saw suffering in the world. He approached God and sadly asked, "Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?"
God paused for a moment and replied, "Little soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people's hearts." The little soul was confused. "What do you mean," he asked. God replied, "Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone."
The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, "The suffering soul unlocks the love in people's hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed. I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone. They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt. But a suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this - it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer - to unlock this love - to create this miracle for the good of all humanity."
Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain himself. With his wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied. "I am brave; let me go! I would like to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people's hearts! I want to create that miracle!"
God smiled and said, "You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request. But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone. I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey. Those souls will help you create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others. They have already chosen a name for you". God and the brave soul shared a smile, and then embraced.
In parting, God said, "Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always. Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength. And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed." Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through his suffering and God's strength, he unlocked the goodness and love in people's hearts. For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love. Priorities became properly aligned. People gave from their hearts. Those that were always too busy found time. Many began new spiritual journeys, some regained lost faith - many came back to God. Parents hugged their children tighter. Friends and family grew closer. Old friends got together and new friendships were made. Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together. Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned. Lives changed forever. It was good. The world was a better place. The miracle had happened. God was pleased.
I started this blog to document the story of my kids as they grow up. However...July 8, 2011 changed that slightly when Kari was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) . We invite you to share our journey as we walk through it with the Lord's help!