Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Life. And One "Who Must Be Admired."

This past week has been a whirlwind of emotion, grief, tears, praise, and thanksgiving. February 5, 2011, a tragic accident happened, which took the life of a beautiful woman and soon-to-be mother. She was taken so early from this earth, never knowing the reality of motherhood. She had waited 15 years to even become pregnant and then, just two weeks before experiencing the birth of her child, she was taken from this life. I did not personally know Sara, but I know her brother-in-law and her in-laws. It was close enough to home for me to weep each day for this family.

Nearly an hour after the accident, her baby was delivered via C-section, with no pulse, no brain activity. Miracle one: They got her heart beating again. Miracle two: Her daddy was able to see and know his daughter. For three days, the family was able to meet their newest addition to their family, Miranda Evangelene. 
Such a beautiful girl.

The doctors were unable to detect brain activity after three days, and therefore, Daddy made the decision to take her off of life support. And while this is sad, it was the right thing to do. Miracle three: The family was able to hold her, love her, and greet her before she made the journey Home. 

Now I would like to talk about Miracle four. One thing this world needs is a unified body of Christ. Through this horrible accident, Miranda, or "She Who Must Be Admired," was the focus of more than 38,000 people on Facebook, joining in prayer for her and this family. I can't even imagine how many other thousands of people throughout churches and families were also united for this family.

I will forever remember Miranda and surely will admire her life of three days on this earth. She, without lifting a finger, inspired tens of thousands of people to pray. She, without uttering a single word, united many around the globe. And most of all, she allowed her daddy to love her in the here and now, and give him hope for the future; when he will see his daughter and wife again in Heaven.

Continue to pray for the Cole family. And continue to look for the beauty in all things. For even in the grimmest of situations, God is at work. He's already laid the path before you, and knows each step. Miracles don't always look the way we think they should... And why should they? We are not the ones who create them, God is.

As Isaiah 55:8-9 reads:
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
   neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
   so are my ways higher than your ways
   and my thoughts than your thoughts."

Thank You, God, for having higher ways, and for giving us the faith to believe in these, Your ways.


  1. what you wrote is very beautiful
    she was a beautiful baby and its
    so true we need to look for beauty
    in all things

  2. Lauren, thank you so much for sharing this with the web-world. I have been moved and inspired by this family's story since the first post. It has brought me to tears on many an occasion and brought me closer and deeper in the Lord than I have been in the past. He's used it to reveal the depths of my heart. Thank you. I too cannot wait to meet Miranda one day. What a beautiful blessing she is. continued prayers for Chris

  3. Thanks guys... I appreciate your prayer for this family that is very loved in the Spring Arbor community and beyond.
    (and on a technical note, God knows, but it's good to have the right info... her dad's name is Chad.) ;) It's okay. Love to all... and again, many thanks.

  4. Yes she is. Can't wait to meet her in Heaven! :)


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