Father’s Day with the Morrisons!

Today was another emotional day. Ryan and Brianna came to church with both sets of Grandparents and both of their families. They were completing surrounded by family! It was an amazing opportunity for the Bethany Community to come around them and love them knowing it was the hardest week of their lives. We grieve with them and for them. We hope they feel our love and support…we are so proud of them.

The adrenaline is slowing and I’m amazed what a fog I’m in. (Lack of sleep does that.) Matt and I are taking it easy and giving each other lots of hugs…and grace. Something tramatic like this helps us realize how much we have and how blessed we are.


Tina Murphy (Johnson) - June 17, 2007 - 10:49 pm

Dear Brianna & Ryan,
I hold your precious faces before our Comforter. I pray you feel His arms wrap you both tight and as He feels the tears on your cheeks, know that He is crying with you in the midst of the death of your babies.
I also hold Lucia, Sylas & Candice before Him trusting Him as they are in His hands this very moment – though I ask Him for that miracle of health for them…
I am sorry for your sadness and cry with you both….and though there is tears during this night….(and it is a long night with the death of any child)….I also hope with you in there will be ‘joy’ ….in the morning.
Blessings and Love to you both….

BrendaLou - June 18, 2007 - 12:45 am

Today I sat in church across the country on the West Coast and prayed for the Morrison Family. Father’s Day…. I remember so well the Mother’s day 6 days after we lost our baby boy. Today I asked the Lord to put some of the burden of grief Ryan and Brianna must be sholdering onto me. It is an honor to stand with them in this dark hour. But God can make glory all. I am honored by their commitment.

Kate Gosselin - June 18, 2007 - 8:58 am

I am so glad to be able to still follow Ryan and Brianna. I have been in contact with them since the beginning of their pregnancy when they contacted me for support. I think and pray for them constantly as my heart is breaking for them! Having been in the same situation and realizing that I too could now be walking in their shoes just hits me so hard!!! They made the right decision from the very beginning and can always take comfort in knowing that they provided each and everyone of their babies the chance to live…. and there are no words to describe their courage!!!!!
I want them to know that we are from afar supporting them even still and moreso…. with our thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace. I pray that God will wrap His loving arms around them and give them the grace and strength to move forward one step at a time!!!!!
Sincerely and prayerfully, Kate and Jon Gosselin and family

Miriam - June 18, 2007 - 9:26 am

How amazing to be able to go to church and be surrounded by family and friends and know that you could not be in a better place. You can only imagine a church that would feel safe enough to go to in a situation like this. It is so great that Ryan and Brianna could experience this after such a tragic week. We are praying for them everyday and it seems that everyone I talk to is also praying for them. It is even on the prayer chain at my in-laws church. It has been so long since I have seen Ryan and Brianna, but it doesn’t change how much this situation weighs on my heart. Today, I pray for the peace that passes understanding.

Miriam W

Jessica Dahms - June 18, 2007 - 9:42 am

To the Morrison Family~
We are so sorry to hear of the losses of your 3 boys. I know that there are no words that can comfort you at this time. We are holding you all close in prayer.

Kelly - June 18, 2007 - 1:14 pm

To the Morrisons –
Your grief is not unnoticed in heaven. The Lord and all his angels know your pain, and He is blessing you in the midst of it. Although you do not see them, there are angels in the NICU, surrounding you and your babies. They were there to give you encouragement and strength, and they were there to carry your boys to their eternal home.
You will both be rewarded in heaven for the courageous choice you made in letting each one of your babies have a chance at life. Lean on the Lord and each other every minute of every day.
May the Lord bless you and keep you and may His face shine upon you. Amen.

Christine Bolton - June 18, 2007 - 7:14 pm

To the Morrison family-
Praise the Lord for His faithfulness every day. I pray that His comfort and strength continue to guide you and give you peace. We had quintuplets in November 2005 and lost 2 boys within the first 3 days after birth–the Lord was and is our strength even in the midst of the fierce storm. God bless you.

Tara - June 18, 2007 - 10:06 pm

It’s times like this when words aren’t enough.

Bethany Church — I am honored to be part of the Body here. I know now that no matter what my family may go though, that you will do everything you can to love us and walk with us through it. There are few places and people on this earth who are Jesus like you are.

Ryan & Brianna — I wish I could clean your inboxes. Seriously! *lol* they must be so full with all the forwards and prayer requests. People are praying for and with you ALL over the world! I have never known this kind of urgent and unified prayer. Thank you for letting us be part of your lives, of your joy and of your mourning. I have become a better woman because of you…because of Jesus in you. Your courage, honesty, simplicity, and humility have gone far beyond just here and now…I will pray for you often now and in the time to come. Thank you for being vessels of His Grace. I truly am more than I was before because of you…and I’m so far from the epicentre. How much more has God done as people around you are closer in? I know it in my core that great things, GREAT THINGS have been rooted in the deep places of hearts. Thank you…words aren’t enough.

Matt & Noemi — there are no other 2 people I would have wanted to walk with the Morrison family through this. From beginning till now and come what may, I thank God for you. We are praying for you, for your family, specifically in the midst of this. God bless you with the grace He promises is sufficient for us.

Yes and Amen,

Danielle Rainbolt in Nebraska - June 19, 2007 - 1:31 am

Noemi, Crying for you and the Morrisons here in Nebraska. I have my friends praying as well. Just wanted to send a hug. Love, Danielle

Deb - June 19, 2007 - 7:38 am
Julia Miller - June 19, 2007 - 8:38 am

I can’t wait to look at more of the photos you’ve taken. They are beautiful.

Brianna and Ryan have been in my prayers so much. The other day, I heard “Hanging by a moment” by Switchfoot on the radio..the song that Brianna, Carol, and Judah sang at graduation. I thought of Brianna and Ryan, hanging on to Jesus, not knowing where their foot will step next. I thought “Wow, there are points in our life when we pray or sing things, we have no idea then how much the words will mean someday.”

Even though I don’t see you much, I will always hold dear our times together, especially our trip to France. Life really takes us crazy places sometimes, but in the midst, God is always good and always loving, more than we could know.

Much love

Kim ( Anderberg) Johnson - June 19, 2007 - 2:45 pm

Just a note to let you know I’m really lifting you and your precious babies in prayer. Ryan and Brianna I see such strength in the both of you, in the midst of such heartache. Your faith and dedication to the Lord is touching and inspiring. My heart goes out to you and I pray the Lords COMFORT and and His compassion to be wrapped around you in the coming days. (For your babies too.) Ryan and Brianna it’s a blessing to see such wonderful parents as yourselves.
Kim (Anderberg) Johnson
Fellow YWAM’er Heidebeek

Julie Day - June 20, 2007 - 7:46 am

Thank you for continueing to update on Ryan and Brianna and their precious babies. I have followed their story since reading of the birth of their 6 babies. My heart goes out to them all.

Ryan and Brianna – May the strength of God wash over you each day. As a mother who lost twins, Devin and Elizabeth, at 22 weeks in 2004, I know the pain and heartache you are feeling each and every day as you watch your children and grieve over those you have lost. Know that there are so many out there who feel your pain and are praying for the strength you need each and every day. Love each other, love your precious babies, and never ever give up. You are not alone. “Hope is what happens as long as we breathe.” Sometimes, all we can do is breathe….and that is enough.

Holding you close in thought and prayer,
Julie Day

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