This is a difficult post to write, but I hope in some way that it will touch you like it has touched me. Today, I'm asking you to spend a few minutes and say a prayer for Abbey.
Here is Abbey's story: A week or so before Valentine's Day, I was contacted by a woman named Lori. She was interested in purchasing the necklace featured above, The Devotion Necklace. Lori wanted to have the necklace as a rememberance of her beloved son, Caleb. Caleb passed away just two weeks after he was born. Since I had sold this necklace a couple of times over, I merely pulled another heart out of my pile, made the necklace and sent it off. When Lori received the necklace she was awed by the fact that the ephemera had a #4 and a #2 imprinted on the paper under the resin. The #2 symbolized two children, the #4 for her daughter Abbey's birthdate. Needless to say, I was elated that she loved the necklace and this little bauble had given her such joy when she has lived with such despair since her tiny son passed away.
Fast forward to this morning. I received a note from Lori letting me know that she wanted to purchase another necklace - this time for Abbey her 9 year old daughter. Like most little girls, Abbey loves pink, so the necklace will be the same, but with pink beads. And then came the worst possible news. I don't know Lori, only as a customer and someone who poured her heart out to me about her baby boy. The news today from Lori made me really ponder what faith means. You see, Lori's only child, sweet Abbey, the child that was given to this family after another was taken away was diagnosed with Leukemia. How is it possible that God could do this to this family. My faith tells me that God is All, see's all and will take care of everything. But will He? I have to believe that God will heal Abbey and make her stronger, and that He will give her parents the courage and strength to take care of Abbey and themselves.
I am asking, really begging for you to spend a few moments and wrap your faith around these people and pray for Abbey's recovery. As a Catholic, I have decided to make my Lenten offerings in prayers for Abbey. I hope that you can find the time to say some prayers for this family.
I'm humbled that my jewelry affected someone like Lori in this way. I hope that someday soon I will have great news to share that Abbey is healed and running and playing as 9 year old should.
Thank you for reading this and as always, blessings to you!