Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 2016 Gala: Two Kinds of Suffering

With friends at DeVos Children's Hospital 2016 GalaReducing pain and suffering in our children is such a worthy goal
that I felt honored to be among those who gathered to support
the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation’s annual fundraiser. 2016 DeVos Children's Hospital GalaIn fact, a record-breaking 1,720 people attended and raised 1.2 million
for this year’s special project,2016 DeVos Children's Hospital President Bob Connorswhich is focusing on pain relief and palliative care for children. Filet Mignon with Maitake Mushrooms at DeVos Children's Hospital 2016 GalaThe food was gourmet, Table Centerpiece at DeVos Children's Hospital 2016 Galaand the ambience classic, Poster at DeVos Children's Hospital 2016 Galabut the testimonies of those who had been helped brought tears to my eyes.Micropreemie on thanksgiving-day-2014 I couldn’t help but think back to our own dear grandson, Samuel,
who was in this hospital’s NICU just last year. Father and Son doing spring yardworkHis has been a wonderful story of survival and thrival.Look Mom no hands! (In fact, he’s just become a true walker this week!) Posters from 2016 DeVos Children's HospitalHowever, the pain and suffering he endured now seems as nothing compared to what terminally ill children and their families face for the rest of their lives. Baby in the garden standing by himselfWhat Samuel endured was but for a little while:
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). 2016 DeVos Children's Hospital 3The families of terminally ill children face the grim reality of a life
that often has nothing to look forward to but increasing pain and eventual death.Mike and Sue Jandernoa at DeVos Hospital's 2016 GalaCould there be a verdict any harder to bear? 2016 DeVos Children's Hospital Gala 3I guess only one, and that would be facing death
with no prospects for resurrection life. Richard Breon CEO of Spectrum Hospital in GRI am thankful for every compassionate person
who helps relieve pain and suffering in children, Enjoying dinner at DeVos Children's Hospital 2016 Galabut I hope the caregivers are also able to offer hope for the life that is to come.Dan Gaydou at DeVos Children's Hospital 2016 Gala “Suffering” has two meanings: “to experience pain” and “to allow.”
Jesus taught us, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me:
for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14).DeVos Children's Hospital 2016 Gala 7 I hope we are never guilty of being like the disciples of Christ,
who actually hindered the little children who were trying to come to Jesus.2016 DeVos Children's Hospital Gala 2 As we care for the little ones in our lives, may we be among those who joyfully bring them to Jesus, so that whether healthy or ill,
they will know the blessing of a future bright with the hope of eternal life.

 Children helped throughout world by DeVos Children's HospitalAnd I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” (Revelation 21:3-5)

(All of these photos were taken at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 2016 Gala last weekend, except for the photos of my grandson, which were all taken by my sweet daughter-in-law. Thanks, Brianna!)

One response to “Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital 2016 Gala: Two Kinds of Suffering

  1. Charylene Powers

    Every time I think of little Samuel’s beginning and where he is now – my faith is increased – Praise Be To God

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