Sharing Love and Hope Because of Maddy

This last week, I woke up saddened by the death of an innocent college student and started writing on my phone from bed and posted it. At the time I felt my feelings were so raw and personal, I almost didn’t post. It’s turned out to be my most read blog ever with over 1222 reads and 168 shares as of this posting! But anyone can write about their thoughts of doubt and pain about death, it must be so much harder to live through such an experience. Even though I don’t know Maddy’s mom personally (I go to church with her Grandma) I am deeply touched by the way she has handled this most devastating event.

Maddy’s service will be held today at 6:00 pm, at the Walla Walla University Church. I’m sure it will be a well attended and well thought out event. If you would like to see how a loving mother deals with her faith in a time of greatest pain, you can follow the progression of her loving care for her daughter’s memory on the Facebook page Share Love for Maddy. (I will included the link below.) Here is an except:

“I look in the mirror I see a different women. One that is strange, altered and a unsure. One that is so brave, strong and loved. One that understands deeply Gods great love and incredible sacrifice. One that is over joyed to have complete assurance that Madison my daughter is safe, free from pain and that she lived her life out loud, wild and free.”

And the post that touched me the most and brought fresh tears to my eyes was this one–

“National Donor Day!! My Maddy gave her heart away…. Happy real Valentines Day!!!”

What faith does it take for a mom to rejoice that her beautiful daughter’s death will give the gift of life to someone else?

It can only be her strong faith in God that is sustaining her.

Someone wrote to me and said, “How beautiful is this mother’s faith throughout her pain! I want to know God and have a faith like that! How precious she and her daughter must be to Jesus!”

I would definitely call her brave.

I heard a speaker once say God has an honor guard–a group of people who will stand for His character though the heavens fall around them and I believe this mother is showing the world what this looks like. The honor guard knows God did not do this–that an enemy exists who causes pain and death. When other people shake their fists at God, there will be a group of people who regardless of what happens to them will continue to say–

Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away,
but my heart will choose to say
Blessed be Your name

RIP Maddy! Thank you for sharing your strong faith Maddy’s Mom! The day is coming soon when you will hold your daughter again!

Share Love for Maddy on Facebook

2 thoughts on “Sharing Love and Hope Because of Maddy”

  1. I went to school with Lisa. She was one grade ahead of me. I remember her as a kind girl, who didn’t say anything bad about anyone. I believe your assessment of her is spot-on, Cherilyn. : )


  2. Thank you Kathy for stopping by–I believe God’s love is enough to fill up all of our empty places. May God bless Lisa and you too and every one who is missing someone they love tonight.


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