Being thankful for things that make us stronger

You've probably heard a little saying, "That which doesn't kill us, makes us stronger." All we have to say to that is, "Amen."

Whether it is a physical ailment or an emotional roller coaster, life is going to occasionally kick you in the teeth. How you fare from that depends largely on your reaction.

And, almost always, those defining moments temper us to become better than we were.

Unfortunately, or perhaps gratefully, no one is exempt.

Liver transplant

It has been said of Winston Churchill that he became a great orator not in spite of his speech impediment, but because of it.

Perhaps something similar is true for 10-year-old Liam Moore. Perhaps he is a nationally competitive dancer because of his illness, not in spite of it.

He took dancing lessons to rebuild his strength after a liver transplant six years ago left him unable to walk. Now he can walk -- and dance! And he's dancing his way across the country and into people's hearts.

Sometimes our weaknesses become our strengths once we acknowledge and address them.

Family reunited

And while we're speaking of difficult things, our hearts go out to the Phe family. They are religious refugees from Myanmar who were reunited with their children this week after almost seven years of separation.

Theirs is a sad story.

But one with a happy ending, due in large part to World Relief, an organization that resettles 200 refugees in the Tri-Cities every year.

There are 20 Mid-Columbia churches that lend their support to this cause.

It's a trial most of us will never have to endure, but you can rest assured that all of us will be get our fair (or sometimes unfair) share of burdens to carry.

It's nice when someone is nearby to help and lift us.

Fight for our baby

For whatever health issues you may have, your body is a marvelous machine.

We were reminded of that fact again when we read about Lenne and Travis Parson's baby that will require abdominal surgery immediately after its birth to repair a prolapsed intestine.

The baby stands a fighting chance because doctors were able to diagnosis the defect before the baby is even born because there is a treatment for it.

Again, it's not something that is likely to happen to most of us. Their unborn baby's birth defect only appears in 1,900 births nationwide.

Whether the complaint is common or rare, we are reminded again of the generous nature of this community.

Every week there is a fundraiser for someone in need. Even people who have very little to give are willing to help where they can.