Welcome to Georgia's Journey

Georgia Lily Lucas was born at home on October 6th, 2008 4:15am, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) on April 1, 2009.

On April 3rd Georgia was taken home, to be near her sisters and the rest of her family and friends. Nearly three weeks later, on April 21, 2009, she died peacefully -- in the loving arms of her mother and in the same room in which she was born.

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Brave Little Soul

Many of you have called or emailed asking for more details about Vegas and I am happy to share them but tonight on the eve of the 3 month marker of Georgia's passing I thought that I would share a story instead. If you've read it before, please read it again. It's a good one. Thanks for sending it Em!

For Lisa, Laurie, Victoria, Lorraine, Candace, Jessica, Jolene, and anybody else facing staggering challenges especially with their children.

The Brave Little Soul By: John Alessi

Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world. He especially enjoyed the love he saw there and often expressed this joy with God. One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day he saw suffering in the world. He approached God and sadly asked, "Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?" God paused for a moment and replied, "Little soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people's hearts." The little soul was confused. "What do you mean," he asked. God replied, "Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone." The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, "The suffering soul unlocks the love in people's hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed. I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone. They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt. But a suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this - it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer - to unlock this love - to create this miracle for the good of all humanity."

Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain himself. With his wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied. "I am brave; let me go! I would like to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people's hearts! I want to create that miracle!" God smiled and said, "You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request. But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone. I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey. Those souls will help you create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others. They have already chosen a name for you". God and the brave soul shared a smile, and then embraced.In parting, God said, "Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always. Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength. And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed."

Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through his suffering and God's strength, he unlocked the goodness and love in people's hearts. For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love. Priorities became properly aligned. People gave from their hearts. Those that were always too busy found time. Many began new spiritual journeys, some regained lost faith - many came back to God. Parents hugged their children tighter. Friends and family grew closer. Old friends got together and new friendships were made. Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together. Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned. Lives changed forever. It was good. The world was a better place. The miracle had happened. God was pleased

Thanks Georgie for reminding us all how to love and become better people! We miss you so much but strive each and every day to open our hearts and to love without fear.

Love to you all,

Kristen

7 comments:

  1. Kristen, that was a great story. For me parts of that are so true and others are the total opposite. We have found support from very unexpected people and found saddness through ones we thought would have been there for us....lost family and friends but gained wonderful new friends like you and Mike!!! We try to take every day as it comes and enjoy all the wonderful smiles and laughter they give to us. They make us find extreme joy in even the smallest things they accomplish which others take for granted.

    Take care and talk to you soon!!!

    Glad you had such a great time in Vegas!!!! You guys deserve it....

    Candace

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  2. Oh man, Kristen...that got me crying heavy, hard sobs. So beautiful, so true, and so touching. Thank you for sharing and thank you for including me in your dedication.

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  3. Kristen,
    when I read the poem for the first time I couldn't believe how true it was to Georgia's journey-how she did open people's hearts in a way unseen, she brought people together for a common goal, definitely made us hug our children tighter and appreciate all things in our lives a little more. I wish I had been fortunate enough to meet Georgia, to hold her and hug her tight and thank her for all she has taught me...and you are continuing to in her name. We appreciate what she brought to this world in her short time here and continues to each day. Love Em

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  4. Kristen,
    My thoughts are with you tonight and always. You are so right when you say that Georgia taught us all so many things. Although I never got to know Georgia she has taught me to appreciate all of the little things that life has to offer. My children have continued following Victoria's blog and we are all so inspired by Gwendolyn as well. These very special little girls truly have a wonderful mission in this world, what a gift they are!
    I am so glad that you and Mike were able to have some time together alone. Vegas is an amazing place to have fun!
    Be well,
    Lisa :)

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  5. Thanks Kristen for sharing that wonderful story with us. I love reading things that challenge my perspective of right & wrong, good & bad, healthy & sick. You continue to show great strength in honoring your beautiful Georgia. Blessings, Lisa (mom_of_3)

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  6. What a lovely poem. It has really moved me to tears. Although i didn`t get to meet, hold or hug Georgia i feel i know her and all of you so well. Thankyou again for sharing. We are always surprsed to find that those we thought we could rely on without question are the ones who take a step back or disappear from our lives, then God provides us with angels of love, caring and friendship that knows no limitations.I have also found that those who leave our lives do so out of fear. They are so afraid that it will happen to them, i pray that if that were to happen then people would open their arms to them and teach them what love is.
    You have certainly done that Kristen with your sharing you have shown us all what true love and compassion and a broken heart is truly like. That it is hard to go from day to day but you do it anyway.You keep the wheels turning because of your other children and your husband. May God bless you all, and keep you under his wings.

    Love Carol

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  7. Kristen,

    Thanks so much for including my little guy in your dedication...means a lot.

    What a beautiful poem...brought me to tears.

    I think of Georgia so often and even though I never met her...I feel a real closeness to her. Thinking of you all.

    Lorraine

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