The tiny bundle was the smallest immigrant I had ever seen. She arrived from heaven with a lusty yell, all four pounds of her. Her name was Kate, named after her grandmother. She was so beautiful and holding her and kissing her tiny fingers, I expected her to break. We each took turns in the hospital feeding and rocking her, loving her. She was the first child of my daughter Courtney and the first girl for Courtney’s husband Ty. She was so beautiful and fragile we all liked to smell her skin and feel the softness of it against our cheeks. And then in 55 days she left us. She was born with Trisomy 18, a birth disorder that results in one extra chromosome.
She was an miracle from heaven and she immigrated to earth to spend such a short time with us but she changed all of our lives forever. Our pastor Tony told us God gives each of us a mission and when we are finished He takes us home. Kate’s mission was so full..the whole family witnessed miracles. A big miracle for me was watching a friend I have been praying for for over 25 years begin to pray. From the moment she heard of Kate’s plight she told me she began praying and she still is another family member had been angry at God for years and began to share his belief that Kate was with Jesus.
Our son-in-law Derek was just diagnosed with a rare brain tumor that left him very little hope of living. A wonderful Christian husband and father, we did not want to let him go..when the surgeon opened him up he just stared there was no cancer, only a brain abscess that would dissolve with antibiotics. The surgeon said he was 98% sure Derek had this tumor . As we cried and rejoiced over this miraculous healing I knew Derek’s mission was not complete. Kate’s was. What’s your mission for 2014? What is important to you? For my husband Ned and myself it’s helping others to find the greatest treasure in the world, Jesus, Matthew 6:21..the times are getting darker but you as a single light can dissolve the darkness around you.