This precious little face slipped away from her little sick body and into the arms of Christ this morning. Sweet Layla Grace lost her long battle with cancer today. When I heard the news my heart sank, I got a knot in my throat and sat at the computer and cried. Cried for her parents, cried for her sisters, cried because she will always be 2 and cried because I don't understand why these kind of horrible things happen. I prayed for Layla this morning as I do everyday and my prayer this morning was "Lord, if Layla isn't going to be healed here on earth then will you please take away her pain and let her slip away peacefully." Not knowing that she literally passed away as I was praying. I really can't imagine what her parents are going through and the immense pain they are feeling. I can't even go there. It is every parents worst nightmare. No one should have to bury their child. Yet, it happens everyday. As I was talking to Chris about this and going on and on about how I don't understand why this happens his response back to me was "you will probably never understand and by the time you finally get to ask Jesus, it won't matter anymore." Ahh so true. Layla's story brought so many to Jesus, strengthened so many people's Faith and got to share God's love throughout the world through this horrible disease. God does have a plan and this WAS part of it. It was His will for Layla's life. Why? We will never know but we trust in Him and find peace tonight in knowing that "we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
So tonight, our hearts are sad because we will never get to see Layla grow up and be a kid but we rejoice because she has been made new! She is in Heaven with her Maker!
You better believe that I held Kate a little tighter tonight, kissed every inch of her little body, told her that she will never ever know the love I have for her, told her how blessed I am to be her momma, whispered that I would do anything for her in her little ear and thanked Jesus for the precious blessing she is to us.
It's been a long day, but for Layla the party is just getting started. Rest in sweet peace precious one.