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Wed – 10:00 PM – A Thanksgiving request

on November 23, 2011

As we approach Thanksgiving, it gets increasingly difficult to find the right words of thanks. We are, of course, thankful for the miracle that spared Alana and Cameron from serious harm. We are also thankful for the miracle that brought Sandra back from the brink and on the road to recovery. We just needed that one more miracle for Glen. The fact that we didn’t get it, and we really believed that we would, has been very hard to live with. Never have so many wished for the same miracle only to be denied. Prayers came from around the country and around the world. We have to accept the idea that it wasn’t meant to be and find some way to persevere in spite of it.

So when you gather around the family table, acknowledge the loved ones that are with you and be thankful for each other. It could all change in just a matter of horrible seconds. Think about what your life would be like without them and draw them near. Then say a little extra prayer for Sandra, the children, both of Glen’s families and all of the friends that somehow have to carry on without him.

Thank you.

-dm


10 responses to “Wed – 10:00 PM – A Thanksgiving request

  1. Jessica Deresch says:

    My family and I will be saying a special prayer that will include Sandra, the kids, your family and of course Glen- May God Bless you all. Please let me know if my family can do anything.

  2. Judy Ireland says:

    I will silently honor Glenn’s memory tomorrow, and give thanks for the presence of his beloved wife and children. The love continues, no matter what. Blessings to your entire families.

  3. Tina Martin says:

    Prayers will be said for Sandra, the children and the Walker family.

  4. Lynne Barnhart says:

    Doug,
    Your posts have been gut wrenching, heart breaking, heart warming, touching, thoughtful and wise. A minute does not pass without a thought and prayer for your family. Life is so fragile and so often taken for granted . . . I’m positive all that have been touched by this tragedy will be saying an extra prayer for your family and yes, all will hold their own family members a little closer and little tighter. Thank you for your wise words and thank you and the other wonderful folks that have posted on the blog for sharing from the heart. God Bless you all!

    “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” – Kahlil Gibran

  5. stefoni says:

    They will be in our prayers. It was such a honor to have known Glen. He is watching over us. He’s a angel in heavens now. Happy Thanksgiving. Always in our prayers.

  6. Dave & Bev Kagan says:

    Your words are truly profound and you, Doug, are an amazing man. Our arms extend across the miles to you and your entire family.

    Love,
    Dave, Bev, Jeff, Lisa
    Grand Rapids

  7. LG says:

    We will be thinking of you all at NFUMC today!

  8. Trisha Connor says:

    My prayers continue to be with you all today.

  9. Barb Myers says:

    Doug & Cindy,

    I am so sad about all you are going through right now. It opens up wounds and makes my heart ache. My sister Brenda lost her daughter Holli (16 yrs old) in a tragic car accident 4 years ago July. It is one of those things that you never get over, you just learn how to have a “new normal”….and it is very difficult. Even though it has been hard to read, it is also in a way comforting….you have always had a good way with words. We really do have to be thankful for what we have, and those who have been in our lives even if it was for a short time.

    God Bless you all…thinking of you and sending lots of hugs and prayers your way.

    Love,
    Barb (Crandall) Myers

  10. This is very beautiful, and I am moved.

    So when you gather around the family table, acknowledge the loved ones that are with you and be thankful for each other. It could all change in just a matter of horrible seconds.

    It’s terrifying to think about this, but it’s so true.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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