A Lesson in Thankfulness

I woke up today prepared to begin the month thankful for all the wonderful blessings in my life.

And then I read that my friends son lost his battle with cancer this morning.

Those thankful thoughts kind of flew out the window.

I don’t know what I would do if I were to lose one of my children.

I kept thinking that it’s not fair that this little boy had to suffer for so long. That it’s not fair that his parents had to let him go so prematurely.

I thought about my friend and tried to put myself her in shoes, wondering how I’d survive something like this.

And then I read the words she wrote to her son and I realize that she’s just grateful that she had him for the time that she did and that he is no longer suffering.

If that’s not the perfect example of gratitude, I don’t know what is.

I’m thankful for her little angel who has been the best example of strength, endurance and hope one could find.  And I’m going to try to be more like him.  And his parents.

Comments

  1. 1

    says

    I am so sorry! I woke up this morning thinking about thankfulness too. I cannot imagine what that mother is going through, but I know her gratitude will give her some strength and peace.

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    Melissa says

    Horrible experience.
    She’ll help many, many people over the course of her life however, with this experience.

  3. 3

    Liz says

    Childhood Cancer, in a word, sucks! From parents whom I have met through blogging, I have had the privilege to meet some extraordinary moms who have lost a child to cancer. They have inspired me to be a better mom, and a better person, and I have joined the cause as a prayer warrior for anyone in need. We need to raise awareness for more research, and not let down with our efforts.

    I am sorry for your friend, but she is right on the mark when she talks about being grateful for the time with her child, and also that he no longer suffers. I will pray for her and the family.

  4. 6

    says

    There are many terrible things that can happen in life but I honestly think the worst must be to lose your child. I can understand your friend being grateful for having known her son and being able to have the time she did with him, but if it were me I am not sure I could ever come to terms with the unfairness of it all from his perspective, a little boy who had his whole life ahead of him.

  5. 9

    says

    Oh Angie my heart goes out to your friend and her family. I can think of nothing worse than losing a child. It definitely makes you very thankful for what have in the present moment.

  6. 11

    says

    Oh gosh, this breaks my heart. But at the same time it’s up lifting that his parents are so grateful for the time they had with their son. I can’t imagine what I would do if something ever happened to my son. I’m pretty sure that it would kill me.

  7. 12

    says

    This brought tears to my eyes…I’m so sorry for your friend and for you. At one point, I’m sure we all try to put ourselves in another’s shoes, but it just seems impossible. How someone can endure a loss as great as this is beyond me, but people surprise me every day.

  8. 13

    says

    What an amazing example she is. I’m so sorry for your friend and her loss. It makes my heart ache. I can’t even imagine. It makes me thankful for what I have.

  9. 14

    says

    I’m so sorry, Angie. And obviously my heart breaks for this family. I see in them a strength I’m not quite sure I possess. Our babes are not meant to leave us; when they do, it turns everything normal on it’s head, upside down, twisted.

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    says

    That’s terrible!! Was it a blogger friend? (I’m just wondering, being away so much, if it’s one of the boys that I knew from blogland?)

    Hugs to you, my friend!

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