"The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him..."
- Nahum 1:7
I don't know if I should even be writing about this but my heart is breaking this past weekend. This weekend/past week two of my friends from Cape died...One was Chad Tipton who committed suicide, and another was Cecily McAdams, who I hear got in a fatal car accident. I ask that if you are reading this that you pray for their families every day.
I went to Chad's website that his family made for him after he passed (http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/chadtipton) and I'd like to quote a post by his mother about what happened after he passed,
"While we find it difficult to imagine life without Chad physically here with us, to know that he has touched the lives of so many is an inspiration to us to keep moving forward...seeking the lessons to be learned.
Today has been a WONDERFUL day as 6 lives were saved as follows:
1. Chad's heart was given to a 48 year old man
2. His liver divided between a 16 month old girl and a 14 year old girl.
3. One kidney and his pancreas were given to a 29 year old woman.
4. The second kidney was given to a 50 year old woman.
5. His lungs were given to a 53 year old woman."
Another important thing that I learned is that you can save someone's life even if you are deceased. I am an organ donator, it's the simple to do, just go to the License Bureau in your town and get it put on your Driver's License. It can save a life, or lives like Chad's organs did.
It's difficult to think about losing someone that you love, especially at such a young age. I grew up in church with Cecily and Chad attended my school and he was an almost-step-brother to one of my childhood friends. Whether I knew them on a best friend basis or not, I know that they both impacted my life in one way or the other.
I've heard that in your life you will impact at least 10,000 people. The overwhelming support of friends and family of these two teenagers just proves that point.
I encourage you all to evaluate your lives, and try your hardest to live your life to the best of your ability and live for Christ everyday. You never know what kind of curve ball life will throw at you and you always need to be prepared for the worst.
Also, keep the families and the people in Joplin in your prayers as well. The hugh tornado that blew through on Sunday has killed nearly 116 people (that was the last count that I heard.) I live in Lebanon, which is not too far away from Joplin. On Sunday I was in Springfield and luckily I was leaving right when the tornado was going through Joplin, which is on the other side of Springfield than I was going.
The world has been going through some pretty crazy events lately. I'm still pretty rattled from all the events so please disregard my bad grammar or writing in this post. Please keep everyone affected by these events in your prayers and thank God everyday that you are healthy and living today. God bless Chad's family and friends, Cecily's family in friends, and all the families and friends affected by the massive tornado in Joplin. You are all in my prayers.
And that was Lindsey's thought of the day, where Lindsey shares an Everyday Thought.