On Tuesday, Grant and I flew home from Orlando. I have many pictures to post and many stories to tell about our wonderful vacation. But before I spend time revisiting our trip to "The Happiest Place on Earth", I feel that I need to share with you some very unhappy news we received while there.
Monday morning I got a call from my sweet friend Katie. It's one of those phone calls you absolutely hate to receive: Mo's father took his own life Monday morning.
Words cannot describe the pain and sadness they are going through. Grant and I are devastated for them. We felt so sad that we weren't in Houston to help walk them through this. Tuesday morning they got on a plane and flew to St. Croix to be with his family.
We first became close friends with Mo & Katie when we were living in Louisiana. Then they moved to Houston in February. They have gotten very involved in our church and in a small group. Just last week, Katie and I were talking about how many friends she has made and what a community they have here in their new city. I am so very glad that that is the case, because when we were not able to be present for our friends in their time of tragedy, our small group swooped in and loved on them. I felt so much better knowing that people were taking care of our sweet friends. People were there to bring them dinner Monday night and pray with them. Today I am going to pick up their dogs from the kennel so they don't have to pay for weeks of boarding the dogs.
More than anything, they need prayer right now. They are sad, mad, confused, angry, devastated, and exhausted. Please pray that they would be able to sleep. Please pray that they would find comfort and peace in our Most High God. Pray for the members of the family who found him Monday morning. Pray for Mo's mom who has lost her husband. Pray for the kids and grandkids who have lost their father and grandfather. This family is hurting and needs our prayers.
Thank you for your prayers. Later this week I will get to the "happy stuff" but all I can think about right now is this family.