My heart has been saddened over the last 48 hours after hearing about the fatal car crash around Cabot, Arkansas, that killed four young girls on Halloween. I am especially saddened because I happen to know one of the girls, Codi, because her family and mine are friends. Codi was always so nice to me whenever our families were together. I didn't really hang out with her a lot or anything, but we followed each other on social media and what not so I felt like i knew her really well. I always made sure to ask my Auntie Kiss and Uncle Jeff how Codi was, or what she was up to because that is what family friends do.
When my Aunt texted me on Sunday morning to tell me the news, I honestly couldn't believe it. It was so weird because that morning when I woke up before church I watched my snapchat friend stories and I remember watching Codi's. She looked so happy and cute in her Halloween costume. I was in shock because things had changed in a blink of an eye. I am not writing this for attention, but I am writing for a couple of reasons.
1. Please please please pray for the Rice family. Losing someone so young and someone you love so much cannot be easy at all. I know Codi loved her family very much and they need our prayers to make it through this difficult time. They have always been so sweet to me every time I've been around them, like Codi was. I am praying hard for them during this awful time. Please join me.
2. Please pray for the families of the three other young girls who also lost someone they love and cherish. Words will never be able to really describe what they must be feeling. All I know is that they too need prayers.
3. Pray for the whole community of Cabot because they lost four great girls. It always amazes me that no matter what happens in the state of Arkansas, the community is always so strong. They come together in times of need and that is exactly what this community is doing during this time. Some lost dear friends in this tragedy and that is something they will never forget. Please pray that God continues to be at work in this community.
4. Auntie Kiss and Uncle Jeff, I know you all were very fond of Codi and I know you loved her like family. Please know I am also praying for y'all and I love y'all very much!
5. I want everyone out there to see how quickly things can change. We cannot predict the future and we cannot change what happens. We must live every moment to the fullest, love each other unconditionally, and trust that God has a plan. He is at work in this tragedy, whether we know it or not. This accident really opened my eyes. I hope it does the same for you.
Prayer is the one thing that I am thankful for today because it truly does make a difference. These families, the community, and my friends, Rices', need it now more than ever. I can't really say much more other than I am thankful to have known Codi and thankful for the mark she has left. Codi, and the others, will be greatly missed by many. Pray my friends...I know all involved are thankful for your prayers during this time.
Southern and Thankful
Blessed is an understatement when it comes to my life. Each and every day I am amazed by God's steadfast love. In return, I have claimed this space to show my thanks and whatever else comes along the way. A student at Texas Christian University who loves any creative insta post, all donuts, and dress pants that make you do a double take. I pray God has a grand purpose for me and I plan to get there with a little Southern and a lot of Thanks! Join me!