Saturday, February 19, 2011

Trial by Fire?

News photo of my brother at the scene of the first fire.
If this photo does not fracture your heart then
you have none.
 I was his first playmate.
He was my roommate and best buddy.

We kept each other entertained.
We argued.
Made up.
Argued some more.

But we always, always took care of each other.

He is the only person I will ever be a big sister to.

He heard my first secrets.
And I cried over a few of his.

He was brave when I was shy and I was good when he was bad.  Smile.

Why is this happening?  Again?

One fire doubles you over with grief
for a cherished pet trapped inside
and memories left charred.

A second?  That's just downright
ridiculous. Uncalled for.


How does it happen that what has
become his worst nightmare
repeats itself?

This is beyond irony.
It is sickening.
And heartbreaking.

My little brother lies in a burn unit
in Atlanta, Ga.

His legs, right arm and head are burned.
A machine breathes for him and he is
burning up with a fever of unknown

He is very sick.

His sweet Doctor Sarah looks hard
at me when she says "Your brother
is very sick. I'm worried."

I don't know what the next few days
will hold but my God does.

I don't know why this happened.
But my God does.
And He promised that He would never
leave us.

I find myself struggling to pray.
Overwhelmed. Frustrated.
I just want my brother to be okay.

Right now, we need
your prayers.

And for you to claim this promise with us.

Romans 8:26-28 (The Message)Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.
He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our condition, and keeps us present before God. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

With my head instead of
my heart,
I choose faith.

In the end, it is all any of us have
and it is the best that we have.

Please pray for my brother.

I was his first playmate
and he was my best buddy.

Just sayin'.............



  1. I am praying for all of you! I love you and Marlin and the whole family! I do want you to keep us posted. I am so sorry for all of you to be walking through this but I admire your faith! I am praying and I love y'all!!

  2. Thank you for updating us on Marlin! I am stil praying for you and your family! Thank you for committing to your faith! You have truly encouraged me when even at this point in your life, you should be the one we encourage! I just want you to know I love you and I'm here for you anytime!

  3. Oh Anne, I am so sorry! Know we will be remembering all of you... I just can't imagine.

  4. Praying for Marlin ......That his temp will go down....that his burns will heal...that the fluid in his lungs will disappear...that he will feel God's healing presence and love.
    Praying for you....that you will be renewed physically and spiritually...that you will have a special time with Marlin....that you will rest in Him....that God will protect you as you travel back and forth.
    Praying for your family...that God will hide you under his wing and protect you.
    Love you and your family so much and know that we are praying for you!!

  5. Ann my heart is broken for you. I am praying for your brother. And you. Love and Hugs, Sherry Robinson (Dana's mama)