When a Community Gives a Glimpse of Heaven (and an Opportunity to Help)

together as community

Every now and then, a community is given a chance to band together and support one of their own. They’re given a unique opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ extended here on earth, to show glimpses of his love in a tangible way.

Over the past two weeks, my little town here in Western Maryland has done just that. I’ve been overwhelmed watching people work as one to carry the burden of a mama whose load became too much to bear alone. You see, a friend and member of our community received news every parent hopes they will never hear, and when it became public, there was a single common response: “How can we help?”

I sat in front of a computer screen and watched people who didn’t know this family give with no expectation of anything in return. I saw forces rise up in the midst of a darkness we can’t comprehend and put the needs of another person above their own.

It’s moments like these that I’m proud to be a part of such a beautiful place nestled in the mountains of Maryland. I consider it an honor to walk alongside those who turn something tragic into an opportunity to show compassion.

When we give with no strings attached, we shine little glimpses of heaven here on earth.

And this, my friends, is a display of God’s love in its purest, most beautiful form, because it is the way he loves us.

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

John 13:35 NIV

You may not know Emma, but she is a little girl who loves to play and laugh just like millions of other girls who are home this Christmas season. This three-year-old isn’t just strong, she is Emma strong, and a few weeks ago she was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), an inoperable brain tumor.

She is fighting. Her family is fighting with her and for her. But they can’t do it on their own.

If you feel led to give, this family could use every bit of support you have to offer. They are taking time off this holiday season to get their daughter the best care available, and to focus on what is most important: loving Emma.

May God bless you, keep you, and give you immeasurable peace and joy this Christmas as we celebrate the One who gave up everything so we could have the best gift of all: Him.


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8 thoughts on “When a Community Gives a Glimpse of Heaven (and an Opportunity to Help)

  1. Oh Abby, thank you so much for sharing about Emma and her family on your blog today. I can’t even imagine the horrific feeling of hearing those words. My heart aches for them, and I am putting Emma at the top of my prayer list today. God is faithful.


  2. Thank you Abby for this reminder and charge to give without expecting anything in return. Children are a blessing in so many ways, thank you for sharing the story of your community and this family with us today. Emma will be in my prayers.


  3. How very sad and devastating for Emma and her family! My heart aches for them. May God give special strength and grace for each of them! Thank you for telling us her story, Abby. That’s so beautiful that a community came together to support them.


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