We have a little friend, Preston, who is battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Preston is 4 and is our neighbor. We met him when he was trick-or-treating with his sisters, Abby and Stephanie. Our 17-year old daughter Maggie introduced herself to them and offered to babysit. I asked her why she offered to babysit them and not anyone else and she said, “They were the most polite children and I knew that I wouldhave fun with them.” She didn’t know at the time that Preston had been battling AML for two years and would continue his battle.
Preston is going through his third round of chemo right now and will undergo another bone marrow transplant soon. We pray every day for Preston that the medicine all works the way it is supposed to and the God gives him this miracle to be healed from this terrible disease.
Preston’s mom, Celeste, is such a strong Christian, sharing her frustrations with Preston’s illness and struggle, while praying that he would get his miracle. She is right in reminding us that we need to be thankful for the little things in life and remember that our problems are also insignificant, in comparison. We have many friends in our life who are battling major diseases right now, including cancer, ALS, and one friend who just died from a long struggle with MS.
Are we thankful for the little things in life? Do we focus on thanks only when things are big and eventful or should we remember that an attitude of gratitude will take us a long way toward a more positive outlook on life?