Some friends of ours experienced today what no parent can fathom... the Northcrafts at our church lost their son. He was just 2 yrs and 11 months old. He was born with only half of his heart... he had some heart surgeries and was waiting in Pittsburgh for a heart transplant but just was too weak and he passed today into the arms of Jesus. They are an amazing family and I know they are hurting and in pain tonite but they are also unbelievably strong in their faith and have a peace about the loss of Aaron. He had the biggest, blue eyes and the dearest smile. He suffered much but brought much joy to everyone. He was a gift who was treasured and loved. Please pray for our friends. Aaron has 2 older brothers and it will be especially hard for them.
All life is precious and deserves to be wanted and loved. There are so many orphans who do not experience anyone wanting them or caring if they were to die... no one who cares if they cry or are sick. I know in Gracie's orphanage if the child is sick there is no sick room but, they expect them to hang with their group even when they go outside to play... no one is allowed to lie down in their bed when they are sick. They older kids have shared stories of friends in their orphanges who have died and no one cared but the other orphans... one story was of a girl who ate poisonous mushrooms and died and not one person cared. I know of a single mom who was hoping to adopt 2 special needs little girls and before she could Ukraine made a law that stopped all single family adoptions... then the following winter the 2 girls died when the flu went thru the orphanage... how sad they could have been in a loving family... but at least now they too are with Jesus.
One of my biggest fears has been that the flu would hit the orphanages where Gracie and Andrew are... there was some news in Yambol a few weeks back about the swine flu hitting that town hard... so far Andrew has been healthy... he would have a difficult time just because his calorie needs are not being met and I am not sure they would take care of him... What would it be like to be hot with a fever and aching all over and no one to give you enough drink or medicine to help you.. or even stroke your face or let you suck your thumb to comfort you? But at least someone would shed tears for our dear sweet ones... but there are some who no one would....
I know there will always be orphans and we can't help them all but you know the ones that we can will have a better life and are loved and would have tears shed for them.