Peace and Grace to the Pools

It is my prayer this morning that the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard and comfort the hearts of the Pool family. I cannot tell you what an encouragement it has been to watch them take care of dear little Alegria for the past two years. From Jill’s blog:

Alegria Elizabeth Pool was born February 9th, 2009.  She is our 8th child.  We were immediately told of her cleft lip and palate in the delivery room which came as a shock to us as we were not expecting any problems.  Over the course of several months, we learned of other issues Ali had such as developmental delays, congenital heart defects, etc.  Finally when she was 3 months old we learned she has a rare genetic disorder called Trisomy 13 or Patau Syndrome.  Trisomy 13 is similar in many ways to Down Syndrome, only far more severe.

From the very earliest moments of their journey with Ali, the Pools made it abundantly clear that their trust was not in themselves to take on this challenge, but in the Lord. What grace and peace they have been rewarded with throughout Ali’s life. It has been amazing to watch them rejoice in the life that God blessed them with.

On Monday, Ali’s little life began to slip away after battling pneumonia and by this morning, she was gone. From Jill:

…Blessed Be the Name of the Lord

The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away blessed be the name of the Lord!

Alegria Elizabeth Pool
2/9/09 – 5/18/11

Our precious baby girl passed away last night. Words cannot express how deeply she will be missed. What a blessing and honor it was to care for her these past 27 months. She has brought so much joy to our lives!!!

Thank you all so much for your prayers and encouragement. Please continue to lift us all up in prayer.

I can’t imagine what heartbreak they must be going through right now. I hope knowing that Ali is no longer confined to a body ravaged by disease bring them peace.

In personal application, watching Ali’s life has been a powerful encouragement to me as someone who advocates a pro-life position. I speak the pro-life talk, but I have often wondered if I would be able to deal with having a child with severe disabilities. Knowing people like the Pools has given me insight into just what God is able to do when you fully trust in Him. Al and Jill’s quiet witness in joyfully taking care of their daughter speaks to what being pro-life really means better than any protest outside an abortion clinic ever could.

With God, all things are possible. Please be in prayer that the Pool family is comforted through this difficult time and that the story of Ali’s life brings many to Christ.

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. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is a thirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. – Revelation 21:4-7

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