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Things never just happen....there is always a reason. I will pray for you to have peace and whatever else you need. Many prayers lighten the load we are asked to carry.

Headless Mom

Yes Carmen, you were exactly where God wanted you to be. He put that church there for you to be comforted last night and for you to know that you are not alone in your grief. Those prayers, those Psalms were there just for you. You are a Child of God and your cares and worries are His cares and worries. Cast them on Him and He will gladly take them from you and ease your burden. You are worthy to lay those burdens at the cross. This by no means is an indication that you are weaker. Knowing where to lay the burdens means we are chosen and adopted by the Most High King. Take advantage of that gift today because I know that most days you carry the burden alone. It is not weakness to get help with that load.

I love you my friend and I'm sorry that I haven't been in closer touch in recent weeks. I'll fix that today. Know that you are always in my prayers.


"I haven't done anything spectacular"

Your statement, on its face, is true. However, what you did do was LOVE; gave it unconditionally. That, my dear, is the foundation of your faith on which you stand and that, in this day and age, IS miraculous...by God's Grace.

Live in and with the Hope that your faith teaches. That is what Faith is..."Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1). Continue to hold on to that.

God has given you the Grace of tears. Tears heal our grief stricken souls. Let them flow, freely and in abundance. We do not mourn that which we do not love.

Be at Peace. Though you don't know me, feel to write any time.

Deborah Pucci

HUGE BIG ((((HUGS))))TO YOU....There are no coincidences only Godincidences!!! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.


I've read that five minutes of honest crying out to God is worth an hour of prayer. I believe it.

You may think your tears don't make you look good, but they make you look beautiful to me, because you're so honest and vulnerable, and that allows others (including me) the freedom to be the same.

Love you, girl.

Rita Arens

Something about voicing the need for peace is so powerful. When I am in those places, I ask my mom to pray with me for peace, and I do that with my daughter. The concept of peace gets lost a lot. I will pray for your peace, too, Carmen.


So glad God gave you what you needed that evening. And remember, Heaven is a gift of grace, unearned by us. Faith in Jesus is what it takes, not perfection. So be at peace, receive that grace, and know that because Jesus paid it all we don't have to be perfect.




BEAUTIFUL! God is GOOD! I am glad that He, in His Infinite Wisdom, led you where you needed to be and gave you angels to pray for you. I am in awe of the GOODness that God gives us mere mortals. He loves us, and as hard as that is to comprehend, it is nice to know. I'll say a Hail Mary for your peace.


They were the face of God for you-- giving unconditional love and prayers.


I'm thinking of you, Carmen. I know it's hard right now, but this too shall pass. Funny how sometimes you just end up where you are supposed to be. ox


I don't know what to say other than I am glad you found some comfort. I'm thinking of you and praying for you.


Oh, Carmen, thank you for being vulnerable with us. Sometimes there are coincidences and sometimes there are divine appointments. And that was definitely a divine appointment. Bless you.


"Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous." I'm praying for you.


You are on my heart. This holiday season is so complicated, such joy and such sorrow.


You may not feel that you did spectacular things, but you have indeed done things with great love. Even when you feel like you're failing - that itself is proof that you love enough and care enough to do better.

This time of year is hard and there is no template for grief. I hope your experience at the church gives you a small well of comfort to draw on when everything else is unbearable.

(I told a friend yesterday that I don't understand why this year has been so hard for us and for so many other people, but what I do know is that my God is big enough for my anger and fear and doubt, He is big enough for my hurt and rage, and He is always big enough for me to throw myself in His arms and sob. I know nothing of religion or heaven but I do know that.)


your post just brought tears to my eyes. i truly believe god brought you to this service for your healing. it was NO coincidence. truly, truly miraculous.



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  • Carmen Staicer is a whirlwind of energy and execution who rarely sleeps and loves coffee and happens to have six outstanding awesome kids. A concentration of asthma, food allergies, spectrum disorders and learning disabilities means that she has learned more than she ever thought possible and knows less than she ever could imagine. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, boxing (she has her Black Belt in Muay Thai), rowing, sleeping, exploring coffee shops, homeless ministry, photography, and cooking.