On Friday’s I usually reserve this space from something funny, but today it seemed more appropriate to trade it for something thought provoking instead.
Last Saturday, our friends lost their 4-month-old to sudden cardiac arrest. William was born last year with heart problems and had open heart surgery to repair some valves. At the time of his death, they were starting to think about a heart transplant.
Today, I attend this little one’s funeral where I will sing “Jesus Loves Me” and “Amazing Grace.” I am not so sure I can actually do it.
Because of my own situation this week, it was with some trepidation that I read Dear Elena.
Word about the blog has been circulating around the Internet all week and I have seen references to it several times; however, I finally had the courage to click the link when I saw it at Andrea Weckerle’s site on Wednesday.
It is a blog by Elena’s father Daniel Steinberg as he remembers her. Elena died suddenly last Thursday of pneumococcal meningitis at the almost age of six. Her seventh birthday would have been today.
I think it is always the hardest when we lose an innocent child, but no one is guaranteed even another day. Dear Elena remind me (once again) that we need to make the most of each day.
Enjoy your Friday, love your family and say a prayer for me at about 1 p.m. CT that I can make it through the moment and help William’s parents and sisters see through this time of darkness into the light of tomorrow.