Sunday, August 15, 2010

A POST I DID NOT WANT TO WRITE

This is NOT the post I wanted to write. This is NOT the miracle we had all hoped and prayed for. Will died early this morning, a few hours before church. His mom, Tyree had posted the pictures of the boys yesterday asking for a miracle for her oldest. They had just been on a wonderful family vacation a few weeks ago and now found themselves in a PICU with their oldest son critically ill. One week ago this young man was fine...ready for football, ready for school..I cannot even imagine what Mark and Tyree are feeling now. Maybe because my little's are four little boys, the picture of the the four of them brings buckets of tears. I don't pretend to GET IT or to UNDERSTAND why the MIRACLE did not happen. I just know that my city is hurting today, kids are asking questions and parents are wondering why the Mathews family and not them. I keep reading comments on the prayer page and on their facebook page and they all start with "I HAVE NO WORDS" and that's how we all feel...No words. Just hugs, just tears, just sadness. I have had so many of you message me or email me prayers for the family. I am going to print them and send them to them. If you would like to leave a note in the comments or email me (annah99@aol.com) I will be sure and pass them on. Please include the place you live. Thank you for praying for this family. PLEASE do not STOP.


I have not forgotten all the prizes...will post the winners on my holiday blog tomorrow.

55 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh, the tears are flowing for this precious family and there unbearable loss. My heart aches for them. Please send them my prayers from Arizona. God Bless. Hugs, Marty

Bacardi Mama said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to this family. I have four daughters and I can't even begin to imagine how they are feeling. At least we know that God is there to help them through this.

Sam said...

Oh my gosh how terribly sad :(. I can't even imagine what that family is going through right now. My prayers and thoughts are with them during this difficult time.

*hugs*

Theresa said...

Oh my heart is breaking for this sweet family! I know that they are devastated:( When I saw your blog title, I knew what it was. That Will is one handsome young man! I will continue to pray for his precious heart broken Parents and siblings!

Big hugs and thanks for posting this so that we all can pray!

Kristens Creations said...

Oh no...I was hoping to not see this post either. What a tragedy for this family. My heart is breaking. I will pray for the family that they will find strength in God to get them through this. What a beautiful boy...

I mentioned my friend's baby who was sick and flown to Children's the other day. They just found out she has Zellweger's syndrome and she is not supposed to make it over 6 months. My heart is breaking for her and her family too...

Too many child tragedys lately...makes me want to hug Chase even tighter.

Kristen

Merana Leigh said...

I'm just heartbroken over this. I have prayed constantly all w/e & cried so many tears. That haven't even begun to flow in earnest yet.

I posted something linking back to you & have posted that on Spiritual Sundays, with the hopes of bringing more people to pray for this family.

Heartsick, absolutely heartsick...

~ Merana

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

My heart is broken for this precious family! Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with them all...and you!

God bless you!
Cathy

Rose said...

there are no words. sending prayers.

Charlotte said...

This is so sad. It is one of those hard things to understand. My thoughts and prayers are also with this family.
Charlotte

billypandnikkysmom said...

Oh no, I am so sorry for this family. May he rest in peace & may his family find comfort ih the Lord.

Joan said...

I'm coming over from Spiritual Sundays. It's hard to understand these things and I'm lifting this famly up in prayer.

Blessings,
Joan

Terra said...

Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the Mathews' family. I may not know them personally, but I am a parent and the thought of losing a child breaks my heart for them. May God comfort them during this very difficult time.

The Louviers
Nederland, TX

Joyce said...

I have a 14 year old grandson going into high school this year. I cannot imagine the pain and shock this family is in right now. I am praying for them and passing this on to other families. God bless you for posting it and getting the call out to others. God's ways are not our ways, are they? But He is good. And knows more than we do.

Barbie said...

My heart breaks for this family. I cannot not imagine the magnitude of their grief. I do not understand. I can only pray that God, who is always good, will hold them close in their arms and carry them through. I will be keeping them in my prayers.

Sally said...

My heart is so saddened by this news. I pray for the family to find some peace; his parents and siblings especially. As a grandparent who lost a 17 y/o grandson two years ago, my heart goes out to them as well.

God bless everyone who knew Will and all those who are praying for his family.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

My prayers will be with this family. I'm here from Spiritual Sundays and I will be praying so hard for this family.
God Bless you,
Ginger

Whidbey Woman said...

There is nothing I can say to soften the blow. So, I pray. I pray for all those who are grieving right now. Especially Will's family and friends.
Remember, the shortest verse in the bible is "Jesus wept." The Lord understands your grief and is there to comfort you.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I'm so sad to hear the news! I had hoped that he was getting better and stronger. I loved seeing the pictures of the community praying by the hospital building, lifting him up in prayer.I pray that Will's family will feel the comfort and peace in knowing that Will is in good hands. Thank you for keeping us all posted.

Debby said...

What beautiful brothers. I am so sorry about Will. I don't know what to say but sending prayers and hugs.

granny said...

We do not always understand why God calls our love ones home but peace can be found by knowing that he will walk each step that we take with us. Praying for Matt's family.
Jean in Hephzibah, GA

Kay said...

So so sorry to hear this. Praying.

Linda said...

My heart is breaking for the Matthews family over the loss of Will. Please pass on to them that my husband and I will be praying for them here in Derby, Kansas.

We can pray with an understanding heart of compassion, as we have seen 3 of our grandchildren leave this world. We know it is very hard.

Praying for God's peace to flood their hearts with comfort as He wraps His loving arms around them...the same way He did it for us.

Linda

Heart2Heart said...

Even though we don't know the story behind the Mathews family, losing any member of anyone's family has to be the worst pain imaginable. No words could offer them anything to soften the pain they are experiencing but knowing that so many prayers are ascending to heaven on their behalf and asking for our Heavenly Father to comfort them as He knows the best way how.

Praying for endurance and strength for them all in the days ahead and for comfort when those minutes in a day never seem to end.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Kat said...

Oh sweet friend, words fail me. My heart feels like it is in my throat. I.can.not.imagine.

I will be praying for Will's family and friends.

Hugs,
Kat

partialemptynester said...

Thank the Lord for the hope we have in Jesus, for how else could we endure such tragedies...praying for divine comfort to envelope this precious family and community!

Nocona said...

How hard! It makes me want to go get my 8 year old and put him in bed with me tonight. Really puts things in perspective. I was angry with my kids tonight because they would not clean up before bed. This puts things in perspective. Praying for that beautiful family.

MarvelousMOM said...

How terribly heart breaking. I am so sorry to hear of this news. My heart goes out to all family and friends. Rest in peace dear Will.

3LittleByrds said...

Praying for this precious family in this difficult. I can't even imagine. My heart breaks as a mother. Prayers from Texas.

Debbie said...

So sad to read this news. You're right; words cannot express the emotions. For one so young to die and we just don't understand.

Tammy said...

This is the 3rd child I know of that has passed away this summer. I will pray for them since they must be heart broken! A friend of mine lost her 6 year old daughter on June 28th to a bacterial infection. She was playing soccer on Friday and in heaven on Monday. If you would like to read her page look up Charley Beers We Love You on FB. She was a total doll! Then another little girl a few weeks ago was with her parents up at an ice cave and a chunk of ice fell and crushed her. A mother should never have to bury their child. Let them know I am praying for them in Olympia, Washington!

SusanD said...

How sad it is to learn of the passing of this sweet, young boy. My heart aches for this family. Praying for God's grace and strength during this most difficult time. Blessings, SusanD

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

oh, i am just heart broken for that precious family. I know that it wasn't the miracle prayed for but it was what God ordained and I know that He will minister deeply to the family during this time.

Will is in heaven rejoicing with Jesus and experiencing the face-to-face glory we long for!

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Thoughts and prayers from Tennessee. I cannot imagine what they must be going through right now. My heart breaks for this family.

Jasara said...

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you and whispered "come with me". With tearful eyes I watched you, and saw you pass away. Although I loved you dearly, I could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke my heart to prove to me, he only takes the best.

Please pass this along to the family. We as humans may never understand the whys, but God has a reason and a time for everyone he places here on earth.

May the family find peace through this trying time and continue to look to God for comfort.

~Jasara

Transparent Mama said...

This just makes me sick and sad. I have four boys and that beautiful picture of the four of them breaks my heart to think of those boys having to go on without their big brother. I will be praying.

Nezzy said...

My heart is breaking for this family. I pray that this beautiful can find the peace they need to endure the pain and void this has caused in their lives. He's dancin' with Jesus now.

God bless and I will continue praying for this family.

Crystal said...

Sending prayers your way.


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Simplegirl said...

Oh my dear. Reading this makes me so sad for that poor family. That beautiful boy is in heaven. My prayer goes out to the family to help with the loss. May the Lord hold them in the palm of his hands.

Beth E. said...

So sad...I am praying for Will's family.

Sharon Kirby said...

My words are inadequate for this family's grief.

This is from today's reading in my one-year Read Through the Bible Plan:

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed..." (from Psalm 34)

May God's peace and comfort surround this dear, dear family.

Bre said...

Heartbreaking is not even close to the right word for this. This poor family. My heart is hurting and I am in tears for his mother. Bless her heart, and his precious brothers. I pray that the Lord lay his hand on this family...

Charlotte said...

I'm at a lost for words. Your right we don't understand and we don't know why. My deepest sympathy and prayers for the parents,family and friends whose hearts have been broken today.

Pam Ponder said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to Will's family I can not imagine the pain they are going through but i hope they can take comfort that he is with Jesus now. It's so hard to understand why he takes such young people home but there is a reason, he is watching over them now, I hope they take comfort in that, My heart breaks for them..Pamela from Branson, Mo

Loren said...

Praying for Wills Family....

Just breaks my heart seeing those boys in the picture knowing it will never be the same.

Praying the Lord will comfort each and everyone of their family!

ethelmaepotter! said...

This is a nightmare no parent should ever have to endure, and to lose one who looks as angelic and spirited and full of life as Will...

Unimaginable, simply unimaginable.

No, there are no words. Not now. Maybe not ever.

But his heart touched many others throughout the world, including this one in Tennessee. People from all walks of life prayed for him, prayed for the family, and are doing so still.

The parents WILL get through this, for they have other children who need them. The brothers WILL get through this, for they have each other and parents who need their comfort.

WILL.

Sari said...

I just found the "please pray for" post and then the "post I didn't want to write". I am so saddened for this family. I shed tears and my heart ached for these complete strangers. I buried my father when I was just a teenager, I can't imagine burying a child of my own. Please let them know that Sari in Canada is praying for them. They have my greatest and heartfelt sympathies and prayers for the coming days.

GrammyMouseTails said...

It has taken me a it to compose some thoughts. As a mother of older sons, I know the fear, and now a grandmother, the fear is always there. I send my deepest sympathies that God speeds his gentle touch to help heal the hurt so deep in your hearts. I know your son sits next to "Him" and has no hurts, no worries. he may watch over his loved ones until you are together again with Gods graces and protect and keep you all from any further pain. Your special Angel will never be forgotten.
May Peace soon fill your hearts.
Many Blessings...
Faythe @GMT

Ann said...

Please tell Will's mum:

It is okay to cry,

It hurts, it hurts so much.

It is okay to be angry.

Don't be brave,

I understand, I buried my son too.

Just a little something from Judy said...

I never thought this story would end like it did. I am heartbroken and without words. In your heartfelt and compassionate way, you shared this in a beautiful way and yet so sad way. Funny how nothing else seems to matter after reading your post. His face will remain in my mind all day today and prayers for his family will too.

Farmchick said...

Hello from North Dakota~

I was just out blog hopping and I found my way here. I had to comment, of course, when I saw this post. The loss of this young man is just so devastating and so sad. I pray for the family as they travel this difficult journey. My heart just hurts for them.

Hollyhand House said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Mathews family!

Hollyhand House said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Mathews family!

Teresa said...

Praying God's supernatural, abundant peace to be placed on this beautiful family. We love you Mathews family! Teresa,
Austin, Texas

Just Breathe said...

I am so sorry. I couldn't believe when I saw this. I am late in comments because of vacation. I will keep his family in my prayers.

Brenda said...

So sorry to hear about Will. Just got back from vacation and was checking in to see how Will was doing. The pictures of him with his brothers breaks my heart. What empty arms his mom and dad must have. Some day they will be reunited with will in heaven. Doesn't make it easier but our hope is in heaven. Praying still for the family.