Tuesday, December 24, 2013

50 States of Pray

A GRAND IDEA BY MARK KOOPMANS


2013 was a year of loss for our family. My mom died. My son was in a serious accident and is still in ICU.

While I never imagined two back to back catastrophes like this, I've learned to live with them and to appreciate my family more than ever before.

So out of death and out of crisis come simple lessons: treasure the moment because that is all you have and treasure the people in your life while you can.

My sincerest thanks to all of my followers and my readers. I appreciate you and I value your part in my life. May you share your holiday with those you love and my 2014 see your dreams come true. 


Here are others who have set aside a few moments on this December 24. 

35 comments:

  1. Pray your son recovers soon and that 2014 brings your family some peace.
    Merry Christmas, Lee.

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  2. I am offering prayers for your son's recovery, for your family's grieving, that out of the grief arise memories and understanding of the gift that your mother was. And a new understanding of your own precious part in everyone's lives, those you love and those you never meet.
    Diana at About Myself By Myself

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  3. You are added to my prayer list. Sometimes all you can do is pray for strength and peace.

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  4. I've gone through a similar year once so I know what you mean. Happy Holidays!

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  5. I pray that your son will recover soon, C.Lee.
    Have a peaceful and blessed Christmas.
    Writer In Transit

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  6. Aw, Merry Christmas, Lee, and what an important lesson! I think it hit me while living in NYC, when I learned to cling to my family and see how blessed I was while struggling to adjust and find my place in that strange corner of the world.

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  7. Oh Lee, it seems that 2013 was tough on many of us. You are so right, all we really have is this moment, this inhale and exhale of breath. Know that I am sending lots of healing thoughts and prayers to your son and a BIG HUGE hug to you.

    Here's to a MUCH better 2014.

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  8. Oh, Lee…prayers for your son. Merry Christmas, friend.

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  9. I'm so sorry, Lee. Every moment we have with those we love is precious.

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  10. Dear Lee - I feel terrible as I don't think I'd taken on board that your son was still in ICU ... how very difficult, especially during your mother's recent last few months.

    My thoughts .. and gosh I do hope 2014 will bring healing and more health to your son - and to you as a family ...

    With many hugs from me and blessings to your family and friends .. have a peaceful time - Hilary

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  11. My heartfelt prayers go out to you. I pray your son recovers soon. Many years ago I lost my husband on Christmas day and then my dad several months later. I also learned how important it was to love to the fullest. May you have a Merry Christmas.

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  12. Have a Merry Christmas! May God grant you a better year upcoming.

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  13. Hi, Lee. I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. I will say prayers for your son. I hope that his recovery goes well.

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  14. So sad to hear the sad news.
    May you son get healed soon
    our prayers for him and all
    others. Take courage, God is
    Great and He cares, cling on
    to Him in prayer,
    Have a blessed time ahead
    Keep informed
    Best
    Phil And Ann

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  15. I am so sorry about your mom, Lee. My thoughts and prayers are going out to you and your son. I hope that he recovers soon. I can't even begin to imagine what you've been going through. You're such a good person, and I know that your strength will get you through this, Lee.

    Julie

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  16. Dear Lee,

    Your words, profound. You treasure, feel an even stronger sense of cherishing life. We learn to savour every moment. You are remarkable, my thoughtful friend.

    I am deeply sorry for the passing of your beloved mother. May your son be better soon.

    Wishing all that you hold dear brings you further inspirations of the heart.

    A peaceful, hopeful Christmas to you and your loved ones, dear friend.

    Gary

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  17. You have a blogosphere of love and support behind you in those times when things just aren't flowing okey-dokey. Of course you have those closest to you to provide a shoulder to cry on or an arm to punch just for general purpose as a stress reliever. You've dealt with and still are dealing with so much, and I agree with you in that life must be loved and lived to the fullest each and every day.

    You are always in my heart and thoughts.

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  18. Take Care, Lee....

    At this very special time of year, miracles happen....

    So sorry for your loss. I lost my parents years ago a and during this time is always the hardest.

    Sending SPECIAL HUGS your way.

    I hope this Christmas holds a special miracle for you...

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  19. I'm so sorry you lost your mother. And now to have your son in ICU. I'm thinking of you and your family. Take care.

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  20. My grandfather, my cat and my mom's boyfriend died in a month's time in 2013, so I know exactly what you're going through. My thoughts are with you. Next year can only be better.

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  21. To see the silver lining in clouds around is a special gift. Merry Christmas.

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  22. I'm sorry to hear that you are going through this during the Holiday's You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  23. Oh those losses and those anxious hospital days. I'll be thinking of you, your son and all your family, and sending healing thoughts. Thank you for stopping by my blog and also for following. I hope we can stay in touch.

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  24. I'm sorry for your loss Lee. I hope your son gets better soon.

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  25. Couldn't agree more, treasure those closest to you. So sorry for such a difficult year and hope your son heals.
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe
    x

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  26. I'm so sorry to hear about your mother and son. I pray that he makes a recovery soon.

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  27. Lee- I am so sorry to hear about you son. Sending prayers and warm wishes your way. I hope he recovers soon.

    Thanks for reminding each of us to appreciate what we have and to tell those we love how important they are to us.

    You are such a kind and wonderful person. I hope 2014 will be filled with lots of smiles.
    ~Jess

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  28. I'm so sorry for your loss, and I'm praying for your son's recovery. Big hugs.

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  29. Best wishes to you and your family. Here's to a happy 2014

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  30. I hope your son makes a full recovery soon, Lee. I'm so sorry for all you have been through. I hope 2014 brings you and your family peace and joy.

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  31. Aw, Lee. I knew about your mother, but didn't realize your son had been in an accident. What a lot of stress for you and your family. I'm so sorry, and I hope he gets better soon. I'm wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014. You deserve it.

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  32. My prayers are with you! Best of the season to you, and hoping your son makes a full recovery in 2014!

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  33. So sorry to hear this, Lee. I had heard about your mother, but not your son's accident. Praying for a full recovery for him and strength for you.

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  34. I'm sorry for your loss and hope that you son recovers in this new year.

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