Sunday, May 22, 2011

Will you have sympathy or show compassion?

As many of you know I love digital scrapbooking!  You meet some of the nicest people through this hobby, and Teresa Clifton from Teresabelle Designs is no different.  Okay, so I don’t really “know, know” her, but have chatted online a few times.  Anytime I’ve emailed asking about a scrap that she had posted, she gave me all the 4-11 on it, and several times just sent me the template to use as well. 

I not only follow her design blog, but her family blog, Clifton Clan, as well.  Teresa’s 8 year old daughter, Emma, has a story of her own.  Emma must be the bravest little thing there is, since in her short life she has faced many obstacles along the way.  When Emma was born, she needed open heart surgery to repair a defect.  With the surgery being a success, you may think this would be the end of the story.  But, sadly no.   Before the family could even take a breath, Emma was diagnosed as having a fatal disease called Fanconi Anemia (FA).  FA is a very rare disease and desperately needs more research to help these beautiful children live longer, as well as, have a better quality of life. 

The reason I am sharing Emma’s story with you, is because her mom has issued a plea for help.  She is not asking for money, just a little of your time and compassion (and I’m sure your prayers would also bring the family great comfort).  There is a charity contest taking place on Facebook where you can help Emma just by voting for the FA charity.  You can do that can’t you?  Sure you can.  We all have so much to be thankful for, oh so very much!  So this really is a matter of if you can spare 10 sec to give a family you don’t even know some hope.  Think of what this world would be like if Jesus wouldn’t have given of himself so unselfishly. 

If you’d like to vote, here’s what you can do:
- Go here:

- You’ll need to “Like” Chase Community Giving (the company that is donating all the money to the charities – awesome group!).

- Then cast your vote for Fanconi Anemia Research Fund.  You can only vote one time.  And no money donations can be accepted through them, so no worries about that!

- If you feel comfortable doing it, Teresa would love it if you could pass the link on to your family & friends!  Share it on your own blogs, Facebook, Twitter, email… just help spread the word!  The more the merrier!

Teresa having the heart of gold that she has, is even offering some freebies on her site just for you giving her daughter a few seconds of your day.  You can download from here:

Please, please VOTE!

Teresa doesn’t have a store any longer, so that she can devote more of her time to her family.  However, she does still create kits and offer them as freebies at  If you would like to know more about Emma’s story, you can follow their family blog:

Someone once said the difference between sympathy and compassion is that the one who sympathizes, sees and feels, but does nothing. The one who has compassion, sees, feels and then does something about the need.  Throughout the Bible it is stated that God will always be compassionate to people.

2 Kings 13:23 (NIV)

23 But the LORD was gracious to them and had compassion and showed concern for them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. To this day he has been unwilling to destroy them or banish them from his presence. 

Psalm 103:13-14 (NIV)

13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; 14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

Isaiah 54:8 (NIV)

8 In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD your Redeemer.

Exodus 22:27 (NIV)

27 because that cloak is the only covering your neighbor has. What else can they sleep in? When they cry out to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.

So I ask again, “Will you have sympathy or show compassion?”



2 comments left with ♥:

Anonymous said...

Done. :)

Teresa said...

You made me cry! Thanks, lady:-) You are beyond amazing.

And thank you Stacey!

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