Thursday, June 28, 2012

PLEASE PRAY



Today around 3pm my brother Stephen got the call he's been waiting for since his name was put at the top of the donor list several weeks ago.

(The ADA's Napa Valley Tour de Cure last month)
 
When I saw his name come across my cell phone I knew he was calling to tell me it was time...

It was surreal, I didn't know how to feel.

Our family was ready, we had just attended an anointing of the sick mass a week earlier where we laid our hands upon his head and prayed in gratitude for the yet unknown donor's organs and the successful outcome of his impending surgery.

He was told to be at UCSF within 4 hours.
The young donor is on life support.
It's hard to deal with the mixed emotions I'm feeling of both extreme happiness and gratitude coupled with intense sadness and loss.

It's times like this that I cling to my faith and it strengthens me...

Please join me in praying for both my brother and the donor who is giving him the gift of life.

Stephen is scheduled for surgery at 10:00AM tomorrow morning.

 My family and I thank you for your love and prayers.



25 comments:

Mary Ann said...

Praying for the success of your brother’s surgery and Lord’s comfort to your family. God bless
maryann@verbenacottage

Lori Cartwright said...

Praying for all of you. What an incredible blessing.

Lori Cartwright said...

Praying for all of you. What an incredible blessing.

kim said...

How very difficult, such conflicting emotions...God's ways are higher than our ways, we can't always understand but that's where our faith comes in. I will pray for the success of the surgery, thankful that God provides. I pray also that you and your family will be at peace.

classic • casual • home said...

Praying and sending warm, positive thoughts.

Tricia Rose said...

Praying for your family: all shall be well, and all things shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I will be praying for you and him and the family. When my father died suddenly...I think it would have given me relief to know that part of him went on in another. For something good to come out of something so bad. I hope it brings some relief to that family. I pray for all the best for all of you.

Lumo said...

Terri, I am sending positive thoughts to your brother and your whole family. I also believe that the donor's family will have a little relief knowing that part of him/her will give life to someone else.

Linda in AZ * said...

*** Sending warmest, heartfelt blessings to ALL of you, and praying for the very best outcome ever!

When the surgery's over & your brother is doing well, pleeease, give him a big, HEALTHY HUG from me & all of my family...

All will go well as you place your faith in Him...

Blesings, my friend...
Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

Its All About Creating said...

He is in our prayers. Wishing, hoping, praying all goes well and he will be on his road to recovery soon.

Burlap Luxe said...

You know I will be standing with you in prayer " T "

God is so big walking in faith your brother is going to be blessed.
Xoxo
Dore

A Perfect Gray said...

praying for him and your family, terri. best wishes for a successful surgery and healthy recovery. love to you all, donna

Susan said...

Praying for all of you, the donor's family and the medical team. God will be with y'all every step of the way.
Susan

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Praying for Stephen's successful surgery and restored health.

Unknown said...

God bless you all!!!!

Karena said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your family, as always Terri.

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

French-Kissed said...

Symbolic of the ultimate sacrifice...in death there is life...prayers for the donor's dear family and for your brother and all of you...knowing that your strong faith and the great love of family will sustain all of you.

Much love,

Jermaine

helen tilston said...

Hello Terri

This is wonderful news for your and Stephen and I am praying for you and also the throughtful, kind family who decided to be a donor

I have a big candle lit in your honour

Helen xx

PS. The sacrament of annointing is very powerful, I one time accepted this sacrament and it is very sobering.

Hamptontoes said...

You and your family are in my loving prayers. You will truly be in my mind. xoxo, Lisa

Nutbird said...

I just opened this. I hope all went well with surgery and that there will be no rejection issues. My mother received the anointing of the sick Wednesday afternoon. As your brother gets a renewed life, my mother will also get a new life. You are all in my thoughts, Ann Hug your Mom for me.

Anonymous said...

I am so hopeful for your brother and your family. And I am grateful that there are people who are willing to make such a sacrifice for others. Wishing you all the best. Bobbie

Anonymous said...

What grace and incredible strength the family of that young donor must have. It brings tears to my eyes thinking of their pain. They are in my prayers.
I am sure your brother will pay it forward when he returns to full health.

for the love of a house said...

dear Terri,
sending my thoughts and prayers for your brother, and for your family.
thinking of you...
xojoan

La Dolfina said...

Dear Anon,

I feel the same way... I can't get my mind off the donor and his family and I've been praying that when the time comes they will want to meet my brother and become a part of all our lives. I love them so much and can't wrap my mind around their loss especially since he was my own son's age. It's been incredibly hard on me and I've been praying for him and his loved ones all day.
Thank you for your comment.

Nutbird said...

The loss of a son is the worst thing I have ever gone through. It must be a comfort to them that they were able to get a blessing from such a tragedy. Your mom must be so relieved. All of our daily endeavors are just stuff and nonsense compared to this. Ann