Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Loss

Our family has experienced a great tragedy this week with the loss of our precious baby niece. In the midst of the sadness, I have had many email us kind words and offerings of prayer. We are thankful for that. I will pass along these emails to Joey's family as I know they will appreciate it as well. My friend, Shawna, sent me these comforting quotes and I wanted to share them with you....


"As we live on earth we must walk in faith, nothing doubting. When the journey becomes seemingly unbearable, we can take comfort in the words of the Lord: 'I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold I will heal thee' (2 Kings 20:5). Some of the healing may take place in another world. We may never know why some things happen in this life. The reason for some of our suffering is known only to the Lord."
James E. Faust


"I recognize that, on occasion, some of our most fervent prayers may seem to go unanswered. We wonder, 'Why?' I know that feeling! I know the fears and tears of such moments. But I also know that our prayers are never ignored. Our faith is never unappreciated. I know that an all-wise Heavenly Father's perspective is much broader than is ours. While we know of our mortal problems and pain, He knows of our immortal progress and potential. If we pray to know His will and submit ourselves to it with patience and courage, heavenly healing can take place in His own way and time."
Russell M. Nelson

11 comments:

Meghan(you used to VT me!) said...

Holly- I am sorry for the loss your family has experienced. We lost a niece in January and know how devestating it is. Give your family lots of extra hugs!

-Melissa- said...

Prayers for your family, and for Joey's family. I am so sorry to hear about the loss in your family.

Kristi said...

Holly, I am so sorry about your family's loss--you'll be in our thoughts and prayers. :)

Jan said...

Again, Holly -- lots of love and prayers coming your way. Give everyone our love and let them know they have a lot of love and prayers going up in their behalf.

Chris * Natalie * Maya * Mason said...

i was so sad to get your e-mail about this. i love the quotes you shared. my mom and i were talking about this today, and said those same things. that sometimes we just don't know why these things have to happen. our perspective is so narrow. all we can do is have faith that in the next life, we'll understand. i hope they are able to find comfort. i can't imagine anything more difficult as a parent.

Holly O'Keefe said...

I don't know what happened, I don't even really know you, but I am sorry for what you all are going through. I can't imagine anything worse. What a blessing for her parents to have friends and family for support.

Baby Duenas Kawecki said...

holly and friends- thank you all for your kind words and thoughts and prayers. with love Christine, Watson and Lucy.

hoLLy said...

thank you all for your comments and love! you guys are great.

Jori said...

Holly,
I am so sorry. We will pray for your family. On Sunday the speaker used the quote from Elder Faust. I love it and think it gives great comfort. We sure seem to take a beating in this life. I am so thankful for the gospel and the knowledge that it brings.

Kristi said...

Holly, I have been thinking about you and your family this week. I hope everyone is doing ok. Also, I have to tell you (even though this is way off subject) I am SO SO glad I got to meet you through Natalie--who would have thought I would meet such a cool girl thorugh blogging? I think you have a great sense of humor and look forward to reading your blog--you always make me laugh!! I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE to meet up if you come to Austin! How fun would that be? OK, I'll stop--take good care of yourselves, Holly. :)

Dave said...

Holly,

I am sorry to hear about your niece. I lost a niece in January myself. I wanted to share a quote that my brother included in their program for the funeral that I love! "The Lord takes many away, even in infancy, that they may escape the envy of man, and the sorrows and evils of this present world; they were too pure, too lovely, to live on earth; therefore, if rightly considered, instead of mourning we have reason to rejoice as they are delivered from evil, and we shall soon have them again......we for a moment lose sight of it, and mourn the loss, but we do not mourn as those without hope." JS Teachings, pp.196-197)Coming from Joseph Smith, one who knows what it is like to mourn the loss of an infant, it is very comforting.
-Wendy Lee