Thursday, June 17, 2010


"How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in HARMONY!                                                      For HARMONY is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head,                                      that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe.
HARMONY is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion.
And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting."
I had the privilege and blessing of spending a few hours with a sweet family in Farmington, New Mexico this week.  They are remarkable people.  A family filled with courage and hope.  I was inspired as I watched a family... a really big family... love and encourage and support each other in the midst of what could easily be devastating, discouraging circumstances.  You see, a little girl in the family, Gabrielle, was born with an incurable disease.  One that affects both body and brain.  This little girl is, all at once, daughter, sister, grand-daughter, cousin, niece. She is loved beyond measure. Yet, this birth could quite easily have brouhgt a sense of despair and defeat... and perhaps it did for a time.  But what I witnessed, was a family held together by the love of GOD!  Held together by a true sense of HARMONY!
I was overwhelmed by the fact that this family contacted the Make a Wish foundation and requested me as their daughters wish!!  So i was able, thanks to Make a Wish, to be with the family for a celebration of Gabrielle's 16th year on this Earth, a miracle the doctors have yet to understand!  I sang a few songs, Gabrielle's mommy sang a song (one of mine!) and she and I sang Amazing Grace together, along with her cousin accompanying us on the keyboard.  It was a lovely time of celebration with aunties and uncles and cousins and brothers and sisters and grandmas and grandpas....a family united by difficulty, strengthened by hope and fused together in HARMONY!!

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