12.21.2009

Remembering the Reason for the Season

Since I have been home, I have been humbled a lot for many different reasons.

We got news that a 15 year old girl in our ward family has had an accident- she was without oxygen for 8-10 minutes and is currently in a coma, causing and continuing to have severe brain damage. She may not make it. And as I thought about that- I thought about how much heart ache their family must feel. I can't imagine losing one of my siblings right now and it just breaks my heart to know what they are going through right now. It's a sad time for them and our ward and all those who love Hailey, but this is where the gospel comes in for comfort. What a blessing it is to have the gospel in my life- to know the plan our Savior has for us- and it brings me so much peace and comfort in times like these. I am so grateful for His Atoning sacrifice for us so that we can all be together again one day. It is such a remarkable blessing for us to have. I have taken the time to focus on my family and how much I love them- I feel so blessed to have all my family at home together during this season. Not only that- but I am grateful for our health. I don't know what I would do without any of them-They are and will always be my best friends.
Please pray for Hailey Miller and her family as they go through this tough time.

It's always great to focus on others and feel the joy of doing it during this great holiday season. We had the opportunity to go to the Bishops Storehouse today and do service for a few hours with a bunch of people from our ward. We packed up lots of food and things to send out to those who are in need of them. We always have so much fun together when we go and give service. It always makes me want to be the better person that I know I can be. How grateful I am for opportunities like that to go and serve others.

I can't even begin to explain how awesome my Ward Family is too. Seriously, I don't think I could find any other ward that is as great as ours back in Alpharetta. I love coming home and feeling the sincere love they have for me. It is a great feeling. We are all so close, loving, and will drop anything to help one another. It's remarkable and I've seen the love and service given just during the past few days at home. I truly feel blessed to be part of such a great ward back at home. I got so lucky. They are a great family.

And of course, I feel overwhelmed and grateful for my Savior and the love He has for each and every one of us. Let us ALWAYS Remember the Reason for the Season- to celebrate the Saviors birth and to remember The Spirit of Christmas.

Hope everyone enjoys this Holiday Season wherever you are. I love you all and Merry Christmas!

3 comments:

The Grays said...

thats so sad. we will make sure to include hailey in our prayers :) family is so great to be around during the holiday season!

Bonnie said...

A BIG AMEN to all of it! I miss being a part of that ward!! Miss seeing you guys! Hope you have a great vacation with your family! Lov ya!

The Calverts said...

You are living the true spirit of Christmas. Our prayers and hearts go out to Hailey's family. What a blessing to have such a supportive ward family.