Monday, April 15, 2013


My extended family has had a very stressful few weeks.  My brothers grand-daughter Courtnie dead following the birth of her daughter.  On March 23 tiny Riley Jo was born.  Courtnie had a very normal pregnancy and a normal delivery.  A few hours later her blood pressure went very low and they found she was bleeding internally.  They rush her into surgery and stopped the bleeding.  The next thing they knew she had a blood clot in her lung.  They rushed her to Spectrum.  Sometime within that time she had a heart attack (with 50% of her heart damaged).  She was very ill for a few days and then seemed to be improving.  She even was able to spend some time with her newborn and her  year and half old son, Gabe.  The family was beginning to think she would probably be home by the weekend.  However, on April 2 her blood pressure went very low and she died. The family is devastated.  Her husband is left with  newborn Riley and little Gabe.  Mike is a new Christian who found Christ after he was married to Courtnie.  He has a wonderful testimony of God's saving Grace. But what an tremendous job he has ahead of him to raise these two little kids, by himself

He is a member of our church as well as Courtnie's parents and family.  The church family has been very supportive of them all; holding them up with our prayers and support.  It has affected our church family as well.  I am so thankful they all belong to a caring church.

Our pastor preached on How is God Good when Tragedy Strikes.  He used the story of Job as an example.

 God's response to tragedy is THE CROSS.  God's answer to tragedy is the EMPTY TOMB.

Romans 12: 15  Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.  Live in harmony with one another.


Mari said...

I heard about this from Patti and have been praying for your family. I don't know how people survive these things without God. Glad Mike has your family and church to surround him at this time.

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Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I just read your comment on my blog and I thank you for it. I am writing you a private letter.
God bless and keep you and your family through this terribly sad time.