We will always remember Ellie for her love for others, her creativity, sensitivity, and delight in life! Ellie's light has spread far and wide... may it continue to shine in our hearts.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Prayer Request...

I can't believe that I forgot one very important group of people when asking for prayer the other night! All of the other children with NB and their parents. I so remember the pain and terror of learning of another child's death. Please pray for these parents as they grapple with the possibility of losing their own child. And also for the children as it can be so scary and confusing to be in the middle of their own life-and-death fight and hear of another child losing the battle. There are so many families, but some specific names come to mind right now: a little girl (with a different serious cancer, who was such a good friend to Ellie) named Lia who will likely lose her fight; a little boy named Zachary who has just relapsed; and Courtney, John, Carson, Talia, Dylan, Eli and Jack. Thank you for praying for them as well!

27 Comments:

At 9:20 PM, Blogger oneofhisfriends said...

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for the update.

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Agapé

 
At 10:22 PM, Blogger Sheila said...

I will be praying. Thank you for the reminder.

God bless,
Sheila

 
At 12:42 AM, Anonymous c.g. said...

"Lia who will likely lose her fight; a little boy named Zachary who has just relapsed; and Courtney, John, Carson, Talia, Dylan, Eli and Jack"

He Knows My Name

I have a maker
He formed my heart
Before even time began
My life was in his hand

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call

I have a Father
He calls me his own
He'll never leave me
No matter where I go

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call.
-T. Walker


Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
-Psalm 139

Each child is so precious to the Lord - may He give strength and peace to their parents and calm each little one's heart.

 
At 5:32 AM, Blogger Kristie said...

Thanks for those names we can add to our list! We love you guys. Franz & Kristie

 
At 6:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Sarah, your self-less thoughtfulness for others in the midst of your own loss and pain is beautiful. Thank you for these updates. We will pray for these precious little ones and their families, and also continue to pray for you and your's.

(From one of those living on the other side of the world, praying you through the nights.)

 
At 7:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In deepest Sympathy,
My heart and prayers goes out to you and your family. Ellie is with the rest of the angels, since she was an angel on earth.
Anna from work

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger LindaSueBuhl said...

C.G. wrote out the words to a favorite song of mine - we continue to pray for the children - we also follow Toby Pannone's blog and understand how terrifying it must be for the families and children to hear of Ellie's passing. Thank you Sarah for continuing to be in touch with all of us - we fell in love with all of you not just Ellie. Love doesn't stop. How is Loretta?

 
At 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know something..ive been following ellie's story since she was diagnosed. She had a tremendous impact on a lot of people including me. :) God lent you a very special little girl. I decided tonight that if i have a little girl, i want to name her ellie. Hopefully my little girl would be just like yours..a light in the hearts of everyone who ever knew her or had the privilege of getting to be a part of her life..even if it was just through a blog. Ellie's name and her legacy will live on. How beautiful Heaven must be with your angel in it!! God bless your family in these times and may He bring you peace continually.

Melissa from Indiana

 
At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of Ellie's passing, but am thankful to God it was quick. I feel lucky to have met you, John & most importantly, Ellie. I pray God holds all of you close as you get through the coming days. I want to thank you for your prayer request for all of us parents still helping our kids fight. You are an amazing person to think of so many others at such a difficult time. I pray God's peace surrounds you and your family.

Jennifer & John Rathbone
www.caringbridge.org/visit/ilajean

 
At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah- Thank you so much for continuing to keep us all informed in the midst of everything that you are going through. I remember all those little one's also. You are truely an example of how the Lord wants us to follow him. You have been such an encouragement and example of what truly serving the Lord means. I have checked your blog everyday for the last 8 months that I still check it because your family has somehow became a part of my family and yet I have never even met you. I will start praying for all those names mentioned and continue to be praying for you guys. Love, Allison from Iowa

 
At 8:54 AM, Blogger Pauleen said...

We will not forget to pray for your friends - we are continuing to pray for you guys.

 
At 11:15 AM, Anonymous c.g. said...

"He is my loving ally and my fortress,
my tower of safety, my rescuer.
He is my shield, and I take refuge in him."
-Psalm 144 NLT

O love that will not let me go
I rest my weary soul in Thee
I give Thee back the life I owe
That in thine ocean depths its flow
My richer, fuller be

O Light that followest all my way
I yield my flickering torch to Thee
My heart restores its borrowed ray
That in thy sunshines glow its day
May brighter, fairer be

O Joy you seek me through the pain
I cannot close my heart to thee
I trace the rainbow through the rain
And feel the promise is not vain
That morn shall tearless be.

 
At 2:58 PM, Blogger Mollie said...

Dear Skees family - Wishing you a beautiful Christmas with Ethan and the whole Montana gang. Will be praying especially for "peace that passes understanding". Knowing you will miss her -- also knowing she will have a special Christmas with that newborn King whose birth we celebrate. Mollie, Doylestown PA

 
At 6:25 PM, Blogger Sherry said...

Sarah,

This is Sherry Williams. I am your grandmother's, Lois, neighbor. We met when Ellie and my daughter, Sarah, were tiny. I wanted to let you know that I am sorry for your loss. Also, that we are praying for you and your family. I've gone by and given Lois a hug and let her know that we are praying for her. If we can do anything, please let us know.

 
At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Skees Family,

We are praying for the Prince Of Peace to surround you on this day. My heart aches for your family today but I can just see Ellie in Heaven dancing in her Egyptian outfit :)

You are and will continue to be in our prayers and thoughts.

Love,
The Haviland's

 
At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking and praying for you all this Christmas day.

May the Lord wrap you tightly in His arms of peace and love.

 
At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christmas Day... praying for you all.

 
At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sarah,
I prayed on christmas eve mid-night
mass for the children and your family.My candel I lite had to go far.For I prayed for you and your family and the children so god will give all of you strength.And my family.God will give everyone strength and his faith and love.
chris from chicago

 
At 9:48 AM, Blogger oneofhisfriends said...

Hi Skees,

... But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof .
I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!
Thou , which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed...

Psalm 71:14-23

Agapé

 
At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will add all those names to my prayer list. Please add Marlie to yours, she is fighting here in Orlando. You may visit her care page at:
http://www.carepages.com Search for : MarlieKaiDodson

The Shumway's

 
At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Gerry said...

Sarah - just a quick 'hello' so you'll know I continue to think of and pray for you all everyday. I hope your Christmas was peaceful. Thought of Ellie at Christmas Eve service - saw the bright star and knew she was there celebrating in person with the Prince of Peace! I cried for your loss; but had a smile thinking of how lucky I am to have know her and see that sweet face of hers!! Love to you. Gerry

 
At 1:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are very interested in knowing how Ethan is doing at this time.

Really, how all of you are.

You are not forgotten. I think every light on our tree would represent the number of times you were prayed for and thought of!

Love to all!

 
At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying for you today as you prepare for the service tomorrow. You have all been on my heart over the past week. I am specifically praying that you will have the grace,peace, patience and wisdom necessary for everything that you encounter. May God meet your needs beyond what you could even imagine as you heal.
With you in spirit,
Kristina

 
At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Rosses said...

Hi John & Sarah,
We were hoping to get to the service in Big Fork but the roads between Pinehurst, Idaho and Big Fork are a little treacherous with all the snow we are having. We will be with you in spirit and will be praying for you as you get through the day and the days ahead.

Love & prayers, Scott and Deb Ross

 
At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dear Sarah,
My heart and prayers go out to you as a mother and a friend. We can rejoice now that little Ellie is in heaven now. That is the easy part. Since we are human you are going through the hard part...grief...letting go and moving on. Like someone said Love never dies...I am great full that you have shared your life with us. I feel like I am part of your family..We love yous and are praying for everyone that you have requested. You can see Gods work through you.
In His Name
The Mcleods

 
At 10:47 PM, Anonymous c.g. said...

Jesus be near to me,
And let Your Spirit, Spirit be
A fortress to my fearful soul,
A comfort in time of need.


Saviour, help me I pray
I need Your touch this day
Work in my mind, work in my heart
Lead me in Your perfect way.


Jesus be near to me,
Even though eye can’t see,
Your Spirit lives within my heart
My Comforter is He.


our love and prayers.

 
At 8:19 PM, Blogger Rocks In My Dryer said...

Just checking in to let you know I continue to think of you and pray for you.

 

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