Take a deep breath.
If you can do that you have the loveliest of gifts....life!
At this moment each one of us probably knows of someone fighting for that breath or feel the loss of someone that has breathed their last.
About a year and a half ago I was standing in line at the Joann fabric counter and a woman getting her fabric cut commented on my Maddy's dress.
It was one of the first little girl dresses that I had sold in my shop.
She was gorgeous and kind...so kind.
We exchanged cards.
When I got to the car I flipped her card over and it had scripture on it.
When I got home I looked up her blog and found that she was a Christian author, creator extraordinaire and amazing mom and wife.
You couldn't help but love her right away.
We exchanged emails, read blog posts and then they moved away for a bit.
They had recently moved back and she had let me know on my blog and she was now even attending a church in our town.
I was so excited to talk to her because I had an idea I wanted to run by her and kept meaning to call and meet for coffee.
Late last night when I climbed into bed I went to catch up on Twitter.
Panic and fear gripped me as I tried to make sense of what I was reading.
Tears...oh, the tears as I read her sweet husband's words.
She had a massive stroke. Her daughter had found her unresponsive. She has tubes coming out all over her. Her brain is swelling and part of her skull has been removed to help. She has not woken up.
If you don't know her I hope you get the chance to because she truly is a reflection of Christ.
I have not heard anything since last night.
Her husband posted to her blog last night and his words just break my heart. As his wife is quietly lying in bed with tubes and machines all around her...these are his sweet words....
"Here's my thought: not that much has changed in our relationship. She is still here, she is still the love of my life, she is still the one I want to grow old with. Her inability to talk or respond yet doesn't really change any of that.
Enough of this writing. Time to hold hands with my girl."
If you believe in the power of prayer I humbly ask you to get on your knees for Joanne, Toben, their two daughters and family.
Take a breath....what a gift!