This morning I was reading our friend Julie's latest blog posting and was absolutely floored. I think two things really hit me this morning:
1) How wonderful and selfless Julie is, to show so much concern for others in the midst of such tough times they themselves have gone through in the last year. Julie's son Ethan was born with HLHS, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, meaning he essentially is missing half of his heart. He is doing great, but the family has been through a lot including two surgeries for Ethan in less than 9 months and staying at the Ronald McDonald house in Chapel Hill to be near their son. This isn't the first time that Julie has asked for prayers and focus on other families through her blog...and I think that shows an amazing attitude. Many people when faced with a tough situation tend to focus on themselves, but not Julie...
2) I read through the blog she referenced yesterday, Confessions of a CF (Cystic Fibrosis) Husband and again was hit as to how blessed Heather and I have been with good health. The strength of this 27 year old man I do not know who has a two (almost three) month old premature child and a wife battling to live is amazing in this blog. Its like a book I can't put down. I can't imagine going through what he is going through with such dignity and hope, but I pray that if I ever find myself in such a situation that God will give me the strength to do so.
For now, I just ask for you to pray for Julie and her husband Dan and their son Ethan as well as Nate, Tricia, and their little daughter Gwyneth.