September 18, 2008

Hope vs. Worry vs. Faith

I love this quote given to my parents by a friend of the family:

Hope is the anticipation that the outcome will be good.

Worry is the anticipation that the outcome will be bad.

Faith is the anticipation that whatever the outcome, it will be for our good.

My youngest brother is in Germany serving for 2 years as a missionary for our church. He gets home on October 1st! It has been difficult for him to not be here while all of this is going on in our family, but he is staying strong. Here is a quote from his letter of yesterday:

"This past week has been interesting for me. In my personal prayers, I think I only prayed once for myself. I found myself exerting all my efforts praying for Christian and Stephanie. I see now that not only have my and your prayers been answered, but I have been also blessed with greater peace and greater faith. I know with all my heart that our Father in Heaven hears and answers our prayers."

I'm off to the hospital later. I will tell you all about it.


  1. That quote is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing. I can't believe it's been 2 years. He'll be home in just a couple weeks? Wow! Can't wait for the update!

  2. Alice,
    Thank you so much for the updates. I love hearing about how you sing to them. Families are so important. They are so lucky to have such a great family during this difficult time.

  3. Thank you for the updates and for sharing that quote. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Anonymous5:38 PM

    Hi -
    Praying, as always....
    I apologize if this is out of line - but - I find myself wondering though about more details about how they look, like, WHERE were the burns the most on each of them? Did they have any broken bones? I read they were able to save Steph's nose and ears, does that mean the rest of her face was skin grafted? Did they lose their hair?

    Also, you said Christian has spoken some but have never mentioned if he asks about Steph or his family... Does he fully understand/remember just WHAT is going on?

    I'm sorry if this is too personal... I've just been wondering. I even had a dream about the family the other night...

    Lots of prayers and anonymous HUGS always.....
    -Janet, AZ

  5. Thank you for posting this. My family and I continue to pray for C&S.


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