PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
VickyI
 
Comments: 7
Article views: 1
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all VickyI's badges.
 

Life and death all in one month

09 January 2013, 07:17

December, the month in which we as Christians remember the birth of Christ on earth; a month of great celebration but for some also of real sadness.  Not only do Christians celebrate new life at this time but, today, it has become a time of parties and presents for everyone.  But that is not what I want to write about today but rather of how December 2012 started and ended for some of us as we experienced both the joy of new life as well as the sadness of death.

In October a boy was born to friends and within a few short weeks it was found that he had swelling on the brain and had to have all the scans and tests to see what the problem was.  In the first week of December his parents were finally told that amazingly all signs of swelling and damage had disappeared and their new son was now perfect physically and was unlikely to experience any brain damage at all. 

In mid-November a very little girl arrived 7 weeks early and was immediately admitted to neonatal ICU where she stayed for a month.  At times during this month she really battled for her life. Her lungs collapsed and she could not retain any food, even the minute amounts being offered to her. In mid-December, she came home and is growing stronger every day.

Both of these incidents were declared miracles by the doctors attending to them.  There certainly were a lot of prayers being offered no only within our own church community where their parents are members, but around the country and around the world.  People love to witness miracles and more especially at Christmas time.  In fact, the grandmother of the little boy actually said ”I did not believe that miracles still occurred but now I have witnessed one in my old age!"

During December I, personally, have lost someone very dear to me and all our extended family, my mother’s youngest sister.  It has brought about the end of an era within her family – her 2 brothers and 2 sisters as well as she herself our now gone from this world to a much better one, of that I am sure.  Within our church circle we have experienced 3 deaths in the space of 5 days – one from cancer, one from old age and the 3rd and saddest was a woman in her 40s who died alone in her flat following an epileptic fit. Her body was discovered only 4 days later. What a painful Christmas this must have been for each of these families. For all of us who knew all 4 of them are comforted by the fact that they all believed in God and were certain of a new life following death.

So what do we take from this?  Life goes on and we have to find strength and comfort where we can. We have been privileged to have had each of these people in our lives and they have all affected us in different but special ways. According to some, the Mayans had said that the world would end on 21 December but I found it interesting that so many around the world continued to prepare for Christmas. As we all know now, it did not end but if it had, we would have been none the wiser. Now that it hasn’t, let us find joy in new life and give thanks for those lives that have gone before us. Give thanks for what they taught us, for the fact that they loved us and most importantly that our lives are richer for their influence. 

May all who read this be truly blessed and bless others in 2013.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Meta
News in the digital age

How do you think that spreading your hate/bigotry and or intolerance helps anybody? Read more...

5 comments 129 views
Submitted by
Brian Faul
How and why a Dictator is born

One needs to remember looking back in history these hard times is when a dictator is more likely to get born. It is during these hard times that a dictator gets voted into power. Read more...

3 comments 865 views
Submitted by
Prenisha Naidoo
I will be proactive...

This letter is in response to articles on the death of baby Jamie Naidoo, We have the tendency to be reactive…we wait for something to happen, then suddenly we care, writes a News24 User. Read more...

2 comments 343 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Celebration

Make a list of at least ten things that you can celebrate, and write two or three reasons why you can celebrate those things or events. Read more...

1 comments 65 views
Submitted by
MarkH
Submitted by
Neill Powell
Give us the right...

Make them so scared of crossing the line; they think 10 times, knowing their lives are forfeit.  Read more...

4 comments 96 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.