Wednesday, June 10, 2009


“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”C.S. Lewis

I like to think that we are all part of a much bigger story, that we just cannot see yet. Faith is the window, and sometimes we all get a small glimpse into the eternal. That small glimpse is what I like to call a miracle. As most of you know already Tommy and Lindsay both received the gift of life this week... new hearts now beating strong. Both of them had been waiting for quite some time, and part of the miracle is in the fact that they received their new hearts just one day apart from eachother. They are both recovering well, but could definitely use your prayers in the days ahead, as there are always bumps along the way. I was able to visit with Tommy and Colleen yesterday, and I definitely got goosebumps while listening to her describe the events leading up to receiving his new heart. Simply amazing in so many ways. As he sat up in bed happily eating his fettuchine alfredo, I couldn't help but think wow...I really am witnessing a miracle.At the same time, it was just a few short weeks ago that our heart buddy Ethan entered his heavenly home, and the pain throughout our heart family is still very fresh. Ethan made his presence quite known throughout this last week, and we all miss him dearly. As you pray for Tommy and Lindsay, and both of the donor families, please remember the Bilpo family as well.Hug your children tightly, make time to tell them how much they mean to you, and open your eyes to miracles...because yes, they do still exist.
There were two very special friends,
Two hearts that life connected,
They shared not only hopes and dreams,
But a bond that most never suspected.
You see these two brave little boys,
Were friends right from the start,
As both of them came into this world,
Bearing a most special heart,
They shared a bond, quite unlike most,
They shared laughter galore,
Syringe fights...and encouragement,
But this story holds so much more...
As both were born with broken hearts,
That just didn't work as they should,
They'd lived this way for all their lives,
But had learned how to cherish the good,
They brought the gift of precious hope,
To many, I've no doubt,
And their lives have reminded me,
What friendship is about.
But then the saddest thing occurred,
As Ethan grew more tired,
And many prayed he would get well,
As his life had left them inspired.
But heaven became Ethan's home,
And God welcomed him with a smile,
He told Ethan, how loved he was,
Then He said, "You have faced quite a trial".
And as the angels took his hand,
To the place where all God's children play,
Ethan turned to God and said,
"Please don't forget Tommy, okay?".
"He's waiting for a perfect heart,
That only You can send,
Will you make sure he gets it?
He's been such a good friend.
God took Ethan's hands in his,
Compassion on His face,
Your heart is whole now Ethan,
You've shown amazing grace.
Your footprints will remain on earth,
With those you've had to part,
Your presence will remain with them,
Your friend will get his heart.
Some things must come through hardship,
Through patience, hope and strife,
That's why it is miraculous,
To get the gift of life.
"And Lindsay", Ethan whispered,
She needs a new heart too,
God just smiled and then He said,
"I'll see what I can do".
God sighed right then, I'm certain,
Touched by this bond of love,
I do believe he answered prayer,
Sending Tommy new life from above.
And Ethan played a special role,
From behind heaven's scenes,
And I remain reminded,
Just what true friendship means.
And miracles can still be found,
Within Mott's prayer filled walls,
The love of those within our hearts,
Still lingers, in these halls...

~Stephanie Husted

Ethan and Tommy

Tommy and Ethan sharing a story

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another,What! You too? I thought I was the only one."C.S. Lewis

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