Faith on Friday #9 – Hope

Earlier this week a package arrived in the mail. It was from my mom. She had sent two t-shirts, one for my hubby and one for me. The t-shirts were sold in order to raise awareness and money for a little boy named Liam. Back in April, when he was just a newborn I posted this to my Facebook wall:

When I was growing up in that small town in Iowa, I had a couple of great friends. Although I rarely have the opportunity to see them now, they are still near and dear to my heart. Jody, Kathy “Kat” and I have had some great times! When we were all grown up and married, we each had a baby about the same time. I had a girl {Lindsay}, Kat had a girl {Katy} and Jody had a boy {Mitch}. I moved off to Texas but Jody and Kat and their families stayed in that sweet little town.

Well, Mitch and Katy fell in love and got married. And you know what happens next, right? The baby carriage. It did happen in 2014. A few short weeks ago actually. But life hit hard. Little baby Liam has yet to take one breath outside of his hospital bed. Monday he endured no less than 13 seizures.

I’m writing this post in the hopes that if you should read it, you would pray. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted. He hears the prayers of his saints. Liam, Katy, Mitch and the extended family need your prayers, please. Thank you!

<p>Well, Mitch and Katy fell in love and got married. And you know what happens next, right? The baby carriage. It did happen in 2014. A few short weeks ago actually. But life hit hard. Little baby Liam has yet to take one breath outside of his hospital bed. Monday he endured no less than 13 seizures.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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The photo above was taken when he was just a newborn. Although it’s several months later, little Liam is struggling with a severe illness. As you can imagine the toll on the family and the medical costs are an incredible burden. Therefore the family has organized Hope for Liam, which you can read about here. I hope you will “LIKE” their page and follow their journey.

Liam and his family have been forced to cling to hope. Actually, though their struggle is intense and beyond my comprehension, yet I know each of us will face trials and tribulations in this world. I am certain of it and it is obvious when we look around our neighborhood, city, country and the world. People are hurting. Life is hard and it can stretch us beyond what we thought we could endure. I cannot imagine the struggle for Mitch and Katy and their families. Honestly, I had a healthy baby whose only problem was that her mom didn’t know when NOT to feed her so her tummy was upset because I fed her TOO much. So you see, I cannot say I understand their pain. I have not walked in their shoes but that does not prevent me hurting for them.

One thing I do know is that in life we need hope. Without hope people can lose heart and become discouraged. When we carry heavy burdens our hearts long for a community that infuses love, support and hope. I’m thankful that Mitch and Katy have been blessed with that kind of loving and caring community.  Hope is what keeps people going forward when life is ever so hard. Hope that tomorrow might be better. Hope that change will arise with the sun. Hope! We all need hope. There is Hope for Liam.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick,but a sudden good break can turn life around. Proverbs 13:12

  • Katie Mitchell
    Love this post and the t! Thanks for sharing!! There is ALWAYS HOPE!!!
    • Thanks, Katie! Agreed, there is always hope!
  • What a touching story. I love the tee shirt design and the way the sunshine is reflecting off your tee in the picture above. It looks hopeful. Will add Liam to my prayers. Thank you for sharing this with us, Carrie.
    • Thanks, Leslie! This sweet family is near and dear to me.
  • Rachel Garay
    I will be keeping Liam and his family in my thoughts and prayers. Will check out the fb page. Thanks for sharing!
    • Thanks, Rachel! Prayers are most appreciated.
  • I will include Liam and his family in my prayers. What a sweet little baby. Thank you for reminding us that there is always hope!
    • Thank you, Lana! Without hope we die a little bit each day...
  • Deena Simair
    beautiful post, Carrie.
    • Thanks, Deena! No matter the distance, there are people in our lives that are close to our hearts!