Tuesday, April 3, 2012

He's Going Home...

Yesterday I asked you to pray for a special family from our church... a family that has already been ripped apart this year and is now facing more tragedy.

Today or tomorrow are expected to be Matt Nagel's last days before he goes home to be with Jesus. If you don't know their story of losing their daughter, please catch up here.

It's kind of sick that I wish I could say....
"Matt Nagel will join his daughter in Heaven..."

It's sick because his daughter is alive and well... she's just not with them; the parents who raised her from birth and lost her to her birth-father when she was 2.5 years old.

Since when does death sound like a better option than life?!

Regardless of who he will join in Heaven, it's where he is supposed to be... and he will be whole, and happy, and complete.

What breaks my heart today is what is happening in the hearts and lives of his wife and daughter (the daughter they still have... Waverly's older sister).

You would think that this family, losing their daughter, knowing she is living just 20 minutes away and probably shopping at the same WalMart and Target as them.... you would think that THAT is enough loss and pain for a life-time.

But now this...

I've met this family a handful of times but I feel like I know them so well... when you know someones heart, you know them.

Please pray for Molly tonight as she sits by Matt's side and waits...

Pray for sweet Harper who has already lost her baby sister and will now lose her Daddy...

The Nagels have already been bombarded with 2 years-worth of court costs in their fight to keep their daughter and this is only adding to their... to Molly's... financial burden.

As if the emotional burden wasn't enough.

A fund was set up years ago for their fight to keep Waverly and it is now being used for people to support Molly through this. Of course prayer for this family is more than enough but if you feel a 'tug' to help in some tangible way, please visit their blog and click the PayPal link to the right... I know first-hand that monetary support is appreciated more than we know.

My heart has been so so heavy for Molly and Waverly. It's days like these when I realize just how precious life is. I also realize just how profound God's love for us truly is... it's unimaginable and indescribable.

It sounds disgusting and mean today but...

through this tragedy, God's love will shine. I know this because I know this family and I know the people who are surrounding them right now... Matt's life has been and always will be a testament of God's perfect plan;

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

I, just like Molly, Waverly, and their family, am anxious for the day when we will see God's plan unfold fully. Until then, please lift this family up.

** To follow the Nagel's... to follow Molly and Waverly... through the next few days and months, visit their Caring Bridge page here **

** To follow Molly and Waverly through their own perspective or to catch up on their story until today, visit their blog here **

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