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I’ve talked before about how much it helps to feel the support and prayers of people all over the world, praying for Susan, her family, and everyone involved in the effort to find her. 

One unexpected blessing that’s come out of this horrible situation is the massive amounts of friends Susan still continues to gain, even while she’s been missing from our lives.  People everywhere feel like they know her and love her and feel so much a part of her disappearance. 

I personally have made many new friends…total strangers who’ve been searching since the day Susan disappeared…Susan’s co-workers…her family…media representatives…and many people on the internet from all over the world.  These people have followed Susan’s story since the beginning and they just can’t possibly know how much their support, faith, prayers, and encouraging comments help us keep going. 

I want to thank everyone who has said even one prayer for Susan and her family.  Everyone who has physically searched for some clue to Susan’s disappearance.  All those who have spent countless hours online, trying desperately to put the pieces of this puzzle together to help with finding Susan.  The media, especially the local media who have covered Susan’s story again and again.  And of course, the police, who are working tirelessly to find Susan and bring her home. 

Early Monday morning, I finished the last of 3 books I’ve been reading about Elizabeth Smart.  The first book I read was a good overall summary of the whole story, while the Tom Smart and Lee Benson book offered an excellent and detailed look into the inner workings of the case.  I saved the one written by her parents for last, and it was a wonderful book—so full of faith and hope and gratitude.  My own faith and hope was bolstered by Ed and Lois Smart’s example and courage…and of course, Elizabeth’s, to make it through such a terrible ordeal. 

I don’t know where Susan is but one thing I do know: there is a God in heaven who is personally invested in each of our lives.  He knows where Susan is, and he is watching over her and over all of us.  I know his heart breaks for his precious children when things like this happen.  I know he will help us find her.

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There have been many, many beautiful, kind, and selfless acts of service performed in Susan’s name since she disappeared.  People have served meals to the homeless…brought Christmas to those who couldn’t afford it…and some have even decided to do some extra kind of service every single day in honor of Susan. 

When Chuck and Judy Cox asked everyone before Christmas to “perform an act of service in Susan’s name” by January 1, many people heeded this call and made others’ lives more beautiful…more hopeful…more full of faith.  Many of these people we don’t even know about because they chose to selflessly serve without recognition.  Many others shared just a little about their service with us, and all of our lives were made richer as we read of these kindnesses in Susan’s name.

My own act was surely the smallest of the small, and I have fought with myself over whether or not to post about it here.  Normally, I talk about anything I want on my blog, big and small things going on in my life—myself, my kids, my family, things I like and enjoy, my hopes and joys as well as my sorrows and hardships.  That is, after all, what a personal blog is for…for the blogger to share about his/her life and interests and thoughts with family, friends, and interested strangers. 

I don’t in any way want this to come across as bragging, though, so I have hesitated to share.  But many people have asked, and others have no doubt wondered…so I decided to share…but in the form of a short story ending in pictures.

Once there was a girl who loved many things…reading, writing, playing the piano and Irish whistle, gardening, forests, family.  She had a close, wonderful family who helped her learn and grow and develop her mind and talents.  They taught her respect for God, nature, and other people as she grew, and supported her in her journey through life.  One thing she always struggled with, though, was her feelings about her looks. 

The one thing she liked about her physical appearance was her hair.  It was an amazing color—in the sun it looked like dark golden honey, so beautiful and shiny and healthy.  When she was an adult she finally succeeded in a life-long wish: to grow her hair down past her waist.  She would only admit it to herself, but she loved her hair…so much.

This girl had a friend who she became very close to.  They did everything together…laugh, talk for hours, watch movies, play with their kids, take walks, go on bike rides, play with hair.  Her friend gave her many haircuts (trims really) and her friend always, always tried to convince her to cut her hair off and donate it to Locks of Love

“It’s such a wonderful cause,” her friend said, “And you have SO much hair.  It’ll grow back.  And I want to see how your hair looks, shorter.”  (After all, her friend was a professional hairdresser, and loved to give people makeovers.)

The girl knew she was being selfish, refusing to donate her hair.  But she just couldn’t.  She loved it too much.  She always answered her friend by saying yes, it IS a wonderful charity.  But I just can’t do it.

One day her friend disappeared, seemingly without a trace.  The girl’s life—and the lives of her family and friends—was turned upside down.  Nothing was the same.  Grief and heartbreak were now her constant companions, along with worry and fear, fighting with hope and faith.  The days were very long and the nights even longer.  Sleep wouldn’t come.  She missed her friend so much that she could hardly bear it.

When her friend’s family put out a “call to service” in their daughter’s name, the girl knew she was already spending hundreds of hours a week in every way she could think of to find her friend.  She wanted to do a specific act of service, but didn’t know how to fit in the time to do it.

Then, on January 1, she thought of something she could do.  Something very, very small, and meaning nothing to anyone but herself, her family, and her friend…but something that her friend would understand and be happy about if she knew. 

It was very hard.  She cried all the way there and all the way back and for many hours that night.  It wasn’t just the act itself—it was all the feelings wrapped up in it, and the reason she was doing it. 

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20 inches later…

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I love you, Susan.  WE WILL FIND YOU.

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Two weeks and counting.  Does it get any easier?  No.

I’m not crying as often as I was…but that’s because I have hope.  Hope that, yes, she is still alive, being held somewhere against her will.

The media coverage has increased and we’re even busier than we were before, but this is a very good thing because it means Susan’s face and story are reaching even more people.

In fact, I have been so touched, uplifted, and strengthened over the past few days as messages of support and love have poured in from all over the United States and across the world.

I’d like to share some of these messages here…these all come from the Facebook group, Friends and Family of Susan Powell.

From Carrie:

Susan and the Boys are in my prayers!! The whole state of Iowa is hoping Susan is home in time for Christmas!!! Stay strong in faith and may God bless you and your family!!!

From Frances:

Our prayers are with you, family and friends of Susan Powell…we may not know you but our faith is the same and we are thinking of you as we follow the story from TX

From Emily:

Susan….tonight is surely not a "silent night", voices all over the world are singing and praying for you. We miss you.

From Dax Guzman:

Image of friends and loved ones supporting Susan Powell’s safe return. Even in the coldest and darkest nights we will hold on to hope and pray for her return. We love you Susan.

 

From Troy:

Dearest Friend and Family of Susan Powell, the cold and the ice here in Renville Galway Ireland was to dangerous for people to gather as I had planned, the ice started at 6pm and I could not even get over to my love of my life Celine’s house at 2am, so we all did our candle vigil for Susan on our own listening to Dean Martin singing Silent Night, Josef Mohr would have been so proud of all this outpouring from across the globe for Susan. I know that Susan has heard us. With great respect and love to you and Susan’s family.

From Lori:

Our prayers to find Susan and bring her home. Heartfelt hugs to Susan’s family and friends from Branson, Missouri. May they find comfort during this difficult time.

From Regina:

From the mountains of Western North Carolina, I add my prayers to yours. The trials of this family break my heart. May God bless all and return Susan to her loved ones.

From Spencer:

To the family of Susan powell… i pray that your Loved one susan will be in your hearts while going thru this hard time… i no that if you stay close to god through this hard time you will feel peace… i also pray for you … thos little boys NEED there MOMMY please pray for her return Everyone!!!!

Spencer …. (Eastern Europe, Bulgaria)

This is just a small sampling of the messages we’ve received. 

Here is the statement read last night at the worldwide prayer/candlelight vigil in West Valley City, Utah:

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Over the past few days, Susan’s family and friends have been sustained, comforted and uplifted by love and support pouring in from China, Japan, Israel, New Zealand, Germany, France, Africa, Australia, Bulgaria, and all across the United States.
We are gathered tonight to join in a united prayer heard around the world. At this same moment across the globe, people are praying for Susan and her family in:
Sydney, Australia
Galway, Ireland
The United Kingdom
New Mexico
North Carolina
Maryland
Ohio
Washington
Michigan
Alabama
Georgia
Iowa
South Carolina
California
Wisconsin
Various parts of Utah
We join Susan’s family and friends in Puyallup, Washington to light a candle of hope for Susan. We have not given up and we will not give up until we bring Susan home.

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Please keep those flames burning in your hearts and send Susan’s face and story throughout the world!

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