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Friday, January 10, 2014

There's this hole

I'm pretty sure the hole is somewhere in my chest, probably in my heart. It's not diagnosed by any doctor, but I feel it almost every day. Sometimes I can feel it more than others. I know what put it there, but I'm pretty sure there isn't any way to repair it, at least not before Jesus comes again. Sometimes it feels like I can caulk up the hole, so that I can keep the good feeling in. But sometimes, no matter how hard I try, the hole just opens wide and all the happy and good flows out of it. Some days the hole feels really hollow, like when I breathe my stomach can touch my back because there is nothing in there. Some times the hole just takes my breath away. 
The hole used to be filled up with a little girl. Even though she always wanted to kiss her Daddy instead of me, I love her beyond words. I miss her more than I can explain. Her silly words still ring in my ear, and times I catch myself twirling my own hair or that of a pony. I snuggle her blanket and her monkey daily, hoping maybe a little of that joy will close up some of that hole.
A hole is the best way I can explain how I feel, losing my child. Go figure, I did my research project in grad school on I know all the stages and know that people all deal I won't begin to assume that my experience is the same as any one else's, but I can tell you what my experience has been like depending on The Lord. If you had asked me 5 years ago how I thought it would feel to lose a child, I probably would have told you it would be devistating, that I don't know how I would move on.  Even if you had asked me when Ellie was first diagnosed, I probably would have said the same thing. No one really wants to think about what it feels like to have your child die, it brings pain. And I have to tell you, that now I'm still look around and say "this is it" no endless days of sobbing, no inability to eat, no days where I can't get out of least not yet.  I can only attribute that to a God who's strength is made perfect in my weakness. I used to think was a pretty tough cookie, I mean don't get me wrong I'm a crier (if you could see the pile of tissues beside me)...but in the chaos, I can stay calm.  I can hold others and offer them comforting words.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too." 2 Cor 1:3-5

It's not me who is strong it's God gives me that strength. He gives me the strength to smile each day, to enjoy my kids, to look for the joy in things (even if that joy soon drips out of the hole).  And when I don't feel the strength for any of this, I tell Him. I won't say I hear some loud voice from above say "okay Carly, I'll take it from here"....sure wish I did some days...but I know when I tell Him my heart mends the hole a little. I don't think that hole will ever go away, not sure how it could. But this hole I have reminds me of Paul's thorn. 

"or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 

I don't think one day God will just take all the saddness away that was caused by Ellie's death. He won't just erase the hole, as if it never happened.  My hole is a reminder that God will bring me though each and every day.  He brought me through an event most would find tragic, and I'm still smiling. His grace is enough to help me through, I don't need him to get rid if it.  It's like Mater's dents (from Cars 2....sorry to derail from the biblical train...but it works!) Mater didn't want his dent gone because it reminded him of his friend McQueen...sure it didn't look nice, but it was a reminder. My hole is my reminder of my friend Jesus, who has helped me every step of the way.  
Prayers, Praise and Pink


courtney pearce said...

As always, Carly, you know how to make me cry and end it with a smile. You are an awesome writer, a wonderful mother and an inspiration for everyone with pain and strife. I admire your strength and your faith. I hope you and Richard know that Matthew and I think of you all and pray for you often, well, pretty much daily.


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Anonymous said...

The hole will always be will always have bad days...but as the time passes, the bad days will be fewer and farther my experience, when they hit, they hit like a freight train. Your faith is an inspiration to so many, including me.

Bertditty said...

Beautiful. You have taught me through your journey to believe in god and when things get rough that he will see me through it. Pink is my new favorite color. I try to wear something pink everyday in Princess Ellie's honor. SG and Noah are pretty amazing kids too!! Thanks for sharing your family and journey with me. It keeps me hopeful in life!!! Pink Princess Ellie Strong!!!��������

Anonymous said...

Carly you should write devotions The Lord has filled you with a talent to help all of us through hard times Just reading your blog gives me a reminder that we are called to follow Jesus and he will give us the comfort strength and peace we need in our time of need Your strength and walk with the Lord is shown to us all and I am encouraged by you and Richard Prayers always for your family Mainly for God to keep using you to be HIS light! love you guys Debi Bayles

Faith said...

Wow....this post really spoke to me. I really needed to hear it. Its incredible how my situation is nothing at all like yours, but God spoke to me with it. it was exactly what I needed and the timing was perfect. Thank you. you are such a beautiful woman of God, He is with you always. He's using you, I know He is.

Gena said...

My prayers will continue for your sweet family...lots of hugs to you.

Jill said...

Carly, I don't think we know one another, but you look so familiar to me. I am a Christian and have been praying for you and your family for some time. I am so touched by your willingness to share your journey with others and how God is using this. I hope to meet you someday because I know you are an incredible person who lives for Him. His love is so evident in your life. Know that people that you don't know are lifting you up daily.

In Him, Jill

Anonymous said...

Your family is amazing you are teaching us all to have faith in the Lord. All that you are going through you always look up for His strength and guidance. God bless you

Holly Swehla said...

Dear Carly,
I am glad you write to us. Through the tears I feel the strength of God. He will never (I think) take all the hole away either, but you will have peace. When my Mom's sister passed away from liver cancer, my Mom got mad at God. She pretty much turned away from Him. He of course continued to love her, because he understood. After a while, when you have a hard time remembering the bad parts, and remembering the good parts, you will miss Ellie more and more. That happened to me with my Dad. He was so sik that I prayed for God to take him. After some time, I then forgot his sickness and only remembered the good times. And there were plenty !! Not a day goes by that something doesn't remind me of him. He is will me !! And Ellie is with you. Love !! Holly

Anonymous said...

Finally....someone has spoke about the "hole" its almost so strong that it feels like a physical pain.

Anonymous said...

God bless you and your family your faith is awesome just like the Lord reading your posts makes me know that their truly is a heave thank you