Day 13: Grateful For The Heart Of Two Families

This morning, many individuals are thanking a family who gave their little one’s heart in the depth of grief to a little girl, Rini, recently adopted by a family with a heart for orphans who have medical needs. They fell in love with Rini, knowing her heart was sick, praying for her life, pursuing the medical community for help.  While one family continued the battle for life, another family said good-bye to their little one, choosing to give the beloved little heart to save another child.  

So. Sweet little Rini has a new heart beating in her this morning.

I’m grateful for the two families, who’ve clearly made a difference in the world by giving life to a child, connecting in a holy place, formed through the collision of sorrow and joy.

It’s what the Psalm writer described in Psalm 30 and paints a picture in words:

You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever (Psalm 30:11-12, NLT)!

When there does not seem to be words for one’s sorrow and the other’s joy, when one is walking in the darkest valley and the other has reached the highest peak,  when one is bent over with grief and the other is dancing in celebration, remember God is present in the most difficult times as well as the greatest of moments.  And.  Thank God.

Today—I’m thanking God for the heart of two families.  While they do not know each other, their combined efforts saved a child’s life today.

More later–Kerrie

~the dance of joy~

~the dance of joy~

(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

2 thoughts on “Day 13: Grateful For The Heart Of Two Families

  1. Shelly says:

    Hi Kerrie~~Shelly here…I have a question…my grandma of 92 years just passed on Saturday. When my dad passed away you wrote a beautiful message about the times. It was so appropriate we read it at his service. I would love to read it at my grandmothers services this week. I thought maybe you had an archive of your messages on here but I couldn’t find anything. Is it possible that you may still have it? If so would it be possible to get another copy of it? It would have been around Dec 2010 or Jan 2011 he passed away on Jan 5th 2011

    Thank you so much

    PS…I am hoping that you and your family are doing well. I am excited for the arrival of your new granddaughter…I am going to see Tiffany on Wednesday in my new location in Canby….I can’t wait to see her and drew also

    Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas this year!!!

    • Kerrie Carlisle Palmer says:

      Dear Shelly–I’m so sorry for your loss. I know your grandmother impacted your life in many ways, leaving an incredible legacy. I’m wondering if these are the two posts you are referring to–let me know–if, not, I will search more 🙂 Love to you–Kerrie

      Monday, January 3, 2011
      Be light . . a light-bearer . . . generous with your life

      My friend has left her home and job to be with her father in his last days on earth. She has taken on an incredible task, the task of ushering her father from this dimension of life on earth to the dimension of life in heaven. The thing is . . .. she is there not only because she loves her father . . . but because God has directed her to be present. Her presence has changed her father’s last moments.
      The world is different when we purposefully live as God says to live.
      I like how the Message says it:
      “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.(Matthew 5: 14-16, The Message)

      The thing is . . . we are created to live purposefully . . . on earth and in heaven. It is a new day and a new year to be more purposeful and intentional to live the way God tells us to live:
      Be light . . . God has put you here today to be light.
      Reveal the presence of Christ through your words, behavior, and actions . . . bringing out the God-colors in the world.
      Tell people about Christ. . . the presence of Christ in you is not a secret to be kept . . . go public.
      Be a light-bearer. . . let people see the light of Christ in you.
      Go where God says to go . . . it is through Christ that we are positioned as if we are on a light stand to shine His light to those around us.
      Be generous with your life . . . open up to others so others open up to the generosity of God.

      Learning to Kickstart the new day with the purpose of being light to a dark world,

      (written by Kerrie L. Palmer © 2011 All Rights Reserved)

      Monday, December 27, 2010
      Breath of the Spirit
      My friend’s father is dying; she and her family are staying with him. The ministry of presence is a gift. There is nothing that can be compared with those who are willing to be present in the midst of suffering and pain. At the same time, the ministry of presence is transforming with prayer.
      Andrew Murray wrote, “Prayer is just the breathing of the Spirit in us. When we quietly believe that the Holy Spirit as a Spirit of supplication is dwelling within us, for the very purpose of enabling us to pray…our hearts will be filled with hope.”
      The breath of the Spirit within us is a great description of prayer, producing a view that allows us to see that prayer is about the connective presence of Christ in us. In the ancient days, Zechariah made it clear that it is impossible to face the mountains in life without His presence:
      Then he said to me, This [addition of the bowl to the candlestick, causing it to yield a ceaseless supply of oil from the olive trees] is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of Whom the oil is a symbol], says the Lord of hosts. For who are you, O great mountain [of human obstacles]? Before Zerubbabel [who with Joshua had led the return of the exiles from Babylon and was undertaking the rebuilding of the temple, before him] you shall become a plain [a mere [a]molehill]! And he shall bring forth the finishing gable stone [of the new temple] with loud shoutings of the people, crying, Grace, grace to it (Zechariah 4:6-7, Amplified).
      We have no qualifications or abilities to face the mountains of life without God; however, God is God and with God all things are possible (Matthew 19: 26). Prayer empowers us to face the mountains . . . the obstacles . . . opening our eyes to see that in the reality of the presence of God . . . the mountain is a mere molehill.

      Experience the breath of the Spirit.
      Anticipate the mountains becoming like mere molehills through the infilling presence of God.

      Learning to KickStart the day with the breath of the Spirit,

      (written by Kerrie L. Palmer © 2010 All Rights Reserved)

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