Saturday, January 5, 2008

Prayers for Friends

Andy and I got quite the shocker today when we received a church email stating that some friends of ours 14 year old daughter, Hope, passed away last night at Riley Hospital. Ken and Delana befriended us very early upon our arrival at Gracepoint and have been a tremendous support to us as they have fought multiple health battles with Hope. Hope was also born with a genetic disorder and has had a bone marrow transplant, heart surgery and dozens other surgeries and procedures. Hope always had a smile on her face and was always so eager to share a smile with Kate and has even helped babysit Seth.

Delana was the first mom I met who I really felt understood some of our pain in having a chronically ill child...and she is such an encouragement to me. The whole family has been nothing but wonderful and supporting to us. In fact, Delana has even spear-headed a group at church of families with critically/chronically ill children...they are amazing parents and Heather is an amazing big sister.
I don't know the details of Hope's passing...just that Ken, Delana, big sister Heather and their extended families are need of prayer for peace and comfort right now. We can rejoice that Hope has a perfect body right now and heaven is celebrating another angel...but that doesn't and can't take away their earthly pain. Please add them to your prayers tonight.


Melissa said...

Will pray for them all tonight as I can not imagine losing a child!