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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Different Blog Post: RIP BEN BREEDLOVE

I was playing around on my laptop and getting ready to come over and visit here in blog world. I came across these wonderful videos by a young man, Ben Breedlove. He passed away on Christmas night at the tender age of 18. He suffered from a condition called hypertrophic myocardiomyopathy. He tells the stories of how he cheated death three times and there is a photo collage of Ben and his friends and family. He was wise beyond his years and his love of God and family really made me smile. Teens get a bad rap today. I think there are lots of good teens out there doing good deeds to improve our world. There are many that live wonderful lives enjoying the daily routine of being a happy teen! Ben was just a normal kid with a life threatening heart disease. Yet he lived his life to the fullest. He talked so candidly about cheating death and explaining what he remembered of the events surrounding these medical emergencies that he experienced before he lost his life to the disease a few days ago.

I am thinking Ben must be sharing heaven with our Lord. I have been reading comments left on the FB page and this kid witnessed to so many! He fearlessly conquered death and I am sure he is enjoying the joys of heaven with our Heavenly Father and Christ our Lord.

My heart goes out to those close to him, his family, and friends. I pray that God will give them the grace, the strength and the courage to withstand this difficult time. I wish  had known Ben personally. He was a hero and I think he would have made an excellent friend.

Today I heard so many sad stories on the news. Two young children died from gunshot wounds here in Colorado. A woman in Parker, Colorado was gunned down in a McDonalds parking lot by her estranged husband. A Sudanese man working here and supporting his family was murdered in his car moments after driving to his home from his job. I don't tell you these heartbreaking stories because I want to make you sad. I want to share the hope I saw in each story. Children die from playing with guns because some adults do not expect a child to handle a loaded weapon left lying around! Yet there are safety classes and locked cases and cabinets to store dangerous weapons.  People with good hearts will embrace the families who have lost these precious children and they will somehow move forward . I can not imagine the loss of a child but somehow there will be kind souls who will come forward and make a difference. A fifteen year old girl in Parker ran across the parking lot and cradled the dying woman in her arms. A stranger. Her children ran screaming from the restaurant. Yet strangers came up and held those three children in their arms comforting them. The gentleman murdered, in what appears to be a random act of violence has a beautiful wife and children. They spoke about him today. I know in my heart many will come forward and help this family. It is the little things that can make a difference in a big way.

Light a candle, say a prayer, remember these beautiful hearts taken so quickly from their families. Try to commit a random act of kindness because it can help balance this crazy mixed up world. Don't let the sadness of these stories effect you, go make a difference.

I know where you are you must see so many similar stories of violence. Let's all make a gesture to help  in whatever way we can. We can make a difference, one person at a time.
Then remember Ben and read and see his story It will make you smile.

[Kid Cudi] 
No light to guide my way 
I'm goin' blind down the hill 
Nothing that no one can say 
I'm gonna find my will to live 
[ Lyrics from: ] 
No light to guide my way 
I'm goin' blind down the hill 
There's nothing that no one can say 
I'm gonna find my will to live 

No, I won't brake 
No, I won't brake 

No light to guide my way 
I'm' goin blind down the hill 
There's nothing that no one can say 
I'm gonna find my will to live 

No, I won't brake

These lyrics are from a song written by Ben's favorite artist Kid Cudi.

"No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave."  Calvin Coolidge, American President

"The Lord is close to the  brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18

"As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.- says the Lord " Isaiah 66:13


Denise said...

Bless you dear one.

Marilyn said...

I heard the same stories when I read the news and am thankful for the kindnesses shown. Peace to the families and friends in their sad times ahead.♥♫

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tribute to a brave young man. I agree.... There are a lot of good people out there both young & old. The media just seems to "camp" on the bad.
How about all the good "Santas" who gave wonderful Christmases to people by paying off their lay aways??!!
My Wish for you & yours is Good Health & Happiness for the New Year !!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Such a beautiful and touching post... thank you for sharing this! :):):)

Theresa said...

What an inspiration to anyone who might consider giving up! There are so many hurting during this Season! I have a friend who just lost her Mother right before Christmas:( SO SAD! Have a blessed evening my friend! I will pray for this family! HUGS!

Chatty Crone said...

You have a very sweet heart! sandie

Intense Guy said...

Will we ever understand the mystery of God's ways?