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FR Birthday Card: Greetings, Prayers for Terri Schindler-Schiavo
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Posted on 11/30/2003 4:09:05 AM PST by cyn
The intention of this thread is to gather the greetings, prayers, and well-wishes of all who share a concern and love for Terri Schindler-Schiavo. These can then be printed out to be given to Terris family. So many have posted here about Terri over the last several years! Please come back for a moment to sign a card that will be given to Terri on her birthday Dec. 3 at the hospice in Pinellas Park. Leave a prayer or greeting if youd like.
Thanks to all who have been concerned for Terri and have been motivated to act on her behalf regardless of their own limitations, sicknesses or problems. It has been awesome to know what some did or are doing while dealing with their own challenges. This is not limited to Free Republic -- at least one law firm a few years back closed to other business for a period of time to dedicate themselves to Terris situation, apparently pro-bono.
Looking into the dusty Free Republic archives reveals much about how you have affected others.
List of FR articles posted about you -- http://home.earthlink.net/~quickturn/terristhreadsonfreerepubliccom6nov20030213pst -- compiled by Freeper Robert Drobot.
Family Battles Over Comatose Woman -- http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a388f4010506b.htm
Posted by winssmith54 On 01/26/2000 9:42 AM PST with 13 comments -- Possibly the oldest information posted.
General information about Terris birthday -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1026182/posts
WorldNetDaily story about Terris birthday -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1030924/posts
Happy 40th Birthday, Terri! We are here to wish you well on this very special day. You have been on our minds and hearts! We thank God for your life. We are glad to know of you, to know you through the remembrances weve read from your family and friends. You are precious to us, and we want to let you know that here.
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THANKS again to all, whether on FR or off, who have worked to help Terri. What an awesome labor of love and concern!
Thanks to God, Who has preserved Terri's life to this point. May the concern people share over Terri's situation draw all of us, and so many more, to a closer relationship to Him as their loving Father.
posted on 11/30/2003 4:09:06 AM PST
Hang in there. There are alot of people who are rooting for you and are praying for you and your family.
Happy Birthday and may you have many more!
posted on 11/30/2003 4:12:47 AM PST
(It's painless to be a monthly donor!)
To: sweetliberty; msmagoo; floriduh voter; tutstar; FL_engineer; Robert Drobot; PrepareToLeave; ...
YIKES!! Who knew this would post immediately? lol! I hope this adequately reflects and accomplishes what we need it to, making it easier to gather and publish everyone's birthday greetings.
Please do still send a physical card to Terri either at the foundation address listed at http://www.terrisfight.org.
posted on 11/30/2003 4:15:04 AM PST
To: Republic; Pegita; Coleus; Ragtime Cowgirl; Orlando; pc93; amdgmary; lilypad; phenn
May many more people see this beautiful image and know Terri as she really is -- NOT in a coma, NOT PVS.
She's awake, she laughs, she responds, she swallows. Let her family care for her, period. "Home for the holidays" -- why not?
Happy birthday, Terri! Our thoughts and prayers remain with you and with your family.
May angels seen and unseen continue to guard, protect, and strengthen you. We praise God for keeping you safe in the midst of this turmoil.
May those who are working for Terri have knowledge, wisdom, insight, discernment, courage, strength, ability, and peace beyond what they can imagine as they put God first in all things; may their needs (physical, spiritual, other) be met for Terri's fight.
posted on 11/30/2003 4:52:08 AM PST
To: Sally'sConcerns; floriduh voter; msmagoo
Thanks! This thread can be dedicated to our greetings, printed out, given to her family as was done during the vigil. These names can be added to the FR card. Hope many see this who've not been posting recently.
Please do a post if you'd like to submit your screen name to Free Republic's birthday card for Terri Schindler-Schiavo. Her party's this coming Wednesday. Free Republic's having a table at the bash with a giant FR card on it.
If you have ping lists, please ping them. Thanks. FV
71 posted on 11/29/2003 7:39 PM PST by floriduh voter (www.conservative-spirit.org freeper site)
posted on 11/30/2003 5:04:31 AM PST
prayerfully posted in between muffins and return trip. back soon.
posted on 11/30/2003 5:52:44 AM PST
Happy Birthday Terri. God has his loving arms wrapped around you. There are many of us saying rosaries and novenas so that your lovely family will be able to care for you again, very soon. May God continue to bless everyone involved in keeping you safe.
To: cyn; All
Your story jumped out at me from the headlines. How could this be happening? I wanted to know. Understanding what has happened to you in Florida became a part of a much larger search to understand how this could be happening today, in an supposedly enlightened society. How far have we come from the Holocaust? Where will this lead us, if it continues?
Aside from the philosophical questions, the need for action is immediate and ongoing. Throughout your latest, and hopefully last, ordeal without food and water, I reflected on the power of so many people, many knowing each other only through the internet, all praying for divine intervention.
By a miracle which I do not yet fully understand, and never will, things were happening quickly behind the scenes as sand slipped through the hourglass marking your court-enforced punishment for a crime that doesn't exist - the "crime" of being disabled and needing care.
My heart broke with the weight of the suffering inflicted on your family and friends throughout their long battle to keep you alive, Terri. I wept for you, I prayed for you, and I rejoiced when Governor Jeb Bush, a true humanitarian, signed the Executive Order restoring the most basic of all life's necessities - your food and water.
Though your journey is far from over, and the future holds more legal battles, today is your birthday, a time to celebrate the gift of life and the blessings of love, friends, and family.
posted on 11/30/2003 10:17:27 AM PST
Sweet heart hang in there and stay strong. So many care for you and care most deeply. None of us every understand the ways of the Lord, nor should we, but He always reveals to us what He has done.
Your family loves you so much as well Terri!
Love and happy birthday!
Sheila Davis and family
God grant that you may be the Guest of Honor at our next Free Republic "March for Justice." Sit up in your chair, warm yourself in the sun, feel a kitten at your cheek, and hear one thousand Freepers welcome you with cheers and big hot tears.
posted on 11/30/2003 11:28:25 AM PST
Happy Birthday Terri,
My God Bless you and keep you. We love you.
posted on 11/30/2003 11:34:46 AM PST
(Her name is Terri Schindler and she's alive. www.terrisfight.org)
Happy Birthday Terri. Thank you God and Guardian Angel for watching over her.
That was approximately 70,000 posts as of November 18, 2003. It is a calling and a freep in one.
posted on 11/30/2003 2:56:01 PM PST
by floriduh voter
(www.conservative-spirit.org freeper site)
To: msmagoo; All
msmagoo, Have you picked up any new names here for the FR Card? Let me know if there's a FR table because I have a lavender tablecloth.
If anyone's sending cards or stuffed animals to the Foundation, PURPLE IS TERRI'S FAVORITE COLOR. Visit terrisfight.org
posted on 11/30/2003 2:59:11 PM PST
by floriduh voter
(www.conservative-spirit.org freeper site)
To: GWB and GOP Man
Look at the first link on this thread. Pretty amazing.
posted on 11/30/2003 3:02:03 PM PST
by floriduh voter
(www.conservative-spirit.org freeper site)
God bless you, Terri, and may St. Michael Archangel and your Guardian Angel continue heartened in their vigil. May St. Therese pray for you.
To: floriduh voter; T'wit; Lovergirl; 8mmMauser
There will be a FR table, not sure who is going to be there, but the lavender tablecloth will be appreciated. Will pass the offer along to the lady organizing the party.
The latest card update is here and 8mmMauser is to be added to the next updated list.
T'wit and Lovergirl, if you would like your name to be added to the Freepers who cannot attend the party, we will be giving balloons out to symbolize Terri's many supporters. Add a "ballon bump" here and please ping anyone missing from the list who might want to be included.
posted on 11/30/2003 4:28:21 PM PST
>> T'wit... if you would like your name to be added to the Freepers who cannot attend the party
I'd be delighted! Please sign me on, from California. Thank you.
posted on 11/30/2003 5:58:56 PM PST
Dear Terri, I can't come to your party but I will be sharing the celebration with you from W.Va. because the 3rd is my birthday too. I have prayed for you many times and I see the Lord's hand in saving your life. I will continue to pray that you will soon be with your family and can receive the therapy you need. I see you whole and blessed by God. Thank you Lord.
posted on 11/30/2003 7:20:57 PM PST
I heard about you on the Glen Beck show, when he was on WABC, Sunday nights. Glen mentioned the website, I went there, and you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers ever since.
I wish you the happiest 40th birthday! I pray that you'll receive the best birthday gift ever - that of being restored permanently to the care of your parents, brother, and sister.
God bless you Terri, with a beautiful, peaceful day, and may He keep you safe always.
May God Bless you Terri. So many are praying for you day by day. May God's will be done in your life. And may you receive the peace which surpasses all understanding.
posted on 11/30/2003 8:08:52 PM PST
(Common sense is not so common anymore)
Happy Birthday, Terri.
Remember to keep the faith!
posted on 11/30/2003 8:19:40 PM PST
(†With God all things are possible.†)
Happy Birthday Terri. May God keep you in His care. You will continue to be in my daily prayers.
posted on 11/30/2003 8:33:20 PM PST
by LADY J
This is a faith builder that I like. Hope you will enjoy it.
THE TOUCH OF THE MASTER'S HAND
NO SITUATION IS HOPELESS WITH GOD
The Miracle of Raising the Daughter of
Jairus from the Dead
Many people believe in Christ because of His miracles. We agree with Nicodemus who said, "No man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him" (John 3:2). Yet a lot of people try to explain away His miracles. Instead of feeding the five thousan they say He just got the people to divide up with each other.
Some believe that the sick were not really sick but just thought they were, that the storm would have stopped anyway. But three times Jesus brought the dead back to life and that is a miracle we cannot explain away. Let's look at one of the instances.
We are told that Jairus, "one of the rulers of the synagogue," came to Jesus seeking help for his little daughter who was about to die. That is a very significant happening. The ones most opposed to Christ were the established church leaders. They had become set in their ways and they resisted any person who was the least bit different from them. That is even the case today. We become so set in our thinking that we refuse fellowship with someone who is different. One of the great temptations of church people is to become narrow and prejudiced and against anyone who is not in their own denomination.
. No doubt this man, Jairus, had an open mind. Also, his child was sick and we never feel more desperately the need of help than when our children are in danger. Though Jairus was an outstanding leader, when he saw Christ "he fell at his feet." I like that. I know we can pray in any position, but I also know that we can pray best on our knees.
Jairus had the two things necessary to gain the power of God. First, he felt the need of help. As long as we feel sufficient unto ourselves, Christ will pass us by. "I can handle my life myself," we say. And as long as we say that, He will let us do it. When the boy wanted to leave his father's house and go to the far country, the father made no attempt to hold him. Christ does not force His way into any life. "Behold I stand at the door and knock," He says, but He waits for us to open the door. Through the sickness of his child Jairus became conscious of his need of Christ. Sometimes it is through some other need of life that we feel the need of help. But until we recognize the need for Him we will never have Him.
Second, Jairus had faith that Christ could do something about his need. He didn't say, "Come and try to heal my daughter." Christ has no time for triflers. He is not interested in one of us using Him as an experiment. He comes into our lives through the doorway of our belief. Jairus said, "I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live." That is faith; and when we believe, really believe that Christ can handle our situations, He will do it, but not before.
NO SITUATION IS HOPELESS
When Jairus, whose daughter was sick unto death, expressed his need of Christ and his faith in Christ's power, we read, "And Jesus went with him." It is hard to realize that the prayers of a man can change the plans of God, but such is the case. No doubt Jesus had other plans for that day, yet He changed those plans because of Jairus. Even our prayers today have the power to change the mind of God. Someone said, "Prayer changes things." There is no doubt about it. Prayer can even cause God to do things He would not have done without prayer. So Jesus turned aside to help this man who had come to him.
There is an important lesson to be learned right here. If God is willing to be interrupted, then we should not become bitter when our lives are interrupted. We remember that Job said, "My purposes are broken off" (Job 17:11).
As Jesus and Jairus made their way to the side of the sick child, there came messengers from the house saying, "Thy daughter is dead; why troublest thou the master any further?" But Jesus turned to the father and said, "Be not afraid, only believe." Our Lord puts no limit on the power of belief. Even by the side of death, faith is stronger. With Christ no person is hopeless, no situation is impossible. We give up hope too easily and too quickly.
There were a number of people following the Lord, but he allowed only Peter, James and John to go in with Him. We remember that He took those three on the Mount of Transfiguration with Him. Also, He took the same three a little further with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. The presence of others who have faith is always a support. I've seen many people make a decision in a church service which they had not been able to make by themselves. Praying in the company of others who have faith is a great help to us.
In the house where death had come the people "wept and wailed greatly." Jesus rather impatiently asked, "Why make ye this ado?" Certainly He understands our sorrows and He knows how a heart can be broken. Surely no normal person can realize that a dear one has died and not have tears come into his eyes. Of course death brings sorrow. We would not have it otherwise.
On the other hand, in the presence of death a Christian should experience more than a pagan darkness. There is the faith of a glorious resurrection. The Christian faith is never more triumphant than in the presence of death. We never become ready to part with our loved ones. On the other hand, we rejoice in the realization that one we love has entered into the Father's House.
When O. Henry was dying, he whispered, "Turn up the light. I don't want to go home in the dark" In the presence of death Jesus is the light.
THE SUPPORT OF FAITH
When Jesus got to the home where the little girl had died He said, "The damsel is not dead, but .sleepeth." This is the same word he used in reference to Lazarus. Though he had been buried for four days, Jesus said, "Our friend Lazarus sleepeth" (John 11:11). What a marvelous light that throws on the matter of death. It is not the cessation of life at all. Death simply means that one is living in another place.
Some of those present laughed at Christ, and He "put them all out." God is never willing to demonstrate His power to the cynical and the scornful. We blind ourselves to the glory of God by our unbelief. Into the room with Him Jesus brought His three disciples and the father and the mother. Because of their faith He was willing to let them see the miracle. Maybe, also, He felt the need of the support of their faith.
It means everything to us to have someone with us who believes in us and is pulling for us. On his eightieth birthday Henry Ford paid a lovely tribute to his wife. He said, "As I look back on my life, the unbroken happiness of my home and the confidence of my wife give me much more personal satifaction than the building of a world-wide business organization. My wife believed in me so much that when many were doubting my early experiments, I called her 'The Believer'." It helps any of us to have with us a "believer." Even Christ needed it.
Standing by the side of that child who had died Jesus said, "Damsel, I say unto thee, rise." I have often wondered if people on the other side of life know anything that is happening on this side. I can't say, but I do know that Jesus could be heard by one on the other side. When I am out of town, I often take up a telephone and call my home and talk with those who are there. Jesus knew how to call His Father's House and talk with those there.
The girl who was dead came back to life. She arose and walked, to the astonishment of those present. Now notice what Jesus did. He commanded that she be given something to eat. There are three very important things to recognize here. First, her eating would serve as a supreme proof that she was living again. We remember that He ate after His resurrection.
Second, in recognizing her need of something to eat He is recognizing the fact that even though man cannot live by bread alone, still he does need bread. Jesus knows of our physical needs and is ever ready to help us.
Third, Jesus was wonderfully helping that mother and father when He commanded that the child be fed. They had been through a great emotional strain. Now, to help them, Jesus gave them something to do. Go in the kitchen, fix some food and bring it. There is no better medicine for our emotions and nerves than to get busy.
Jesus did raise a girl from the dead. But even more wonderful is the fact that He can still work His mighty miracles today to help those who believe in Him and will ask His help.
posted on 11/30/2003 8:55:28 PM PST
(Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
Thanks to all who have posted greetings to Terri here -- may there be many more.
You don't have to have anything in the "To:" box -- that makes a neat greeting if you like.
Good night, Terri. You are always on our minds. We hope you are well tonight. We are concerned for your safety and well-being. May angels seen and unseen continue to guard, protect, and strengthen you -- God is able, El Shaddai.
May any and all who plan evil or harm against you be stopped; may God work change in their hearts and minds as only HE can. God bless you, Terri. We do what we can, what we see to do, and must leave the rest to your & our loving Father.
Hugs, and our cat sends kittie kisses to you. Would that we could all say these things to you ourselves! You have so many friends, as does your family -- they are not alone!
posted on 11/30/2003 9:57:33 PM PST
Happy Birthday, Terri.
Praying for you, today and everyday.
Lots of love,
posted on 12/01/2003 3:15:55 AM PST
Happy 40th Birthday Terri,
May God bless you and keep you til you are returned to your rightful place with your loving family.
posted on 12/01/2003 6:48:26 AM PST
("The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.")
Dear Sweet Terri:
Happy 40th Birthday! May God protect you, and His angels and saints to be near you constantly.
May Our Lady wrap you in her mantle and keep you close. I will continue to pray for you through my two most powerful patron Saints: St. Jude and St. Rita. They are saints of Impossible and Hopeless cases. You will get better someday soon!
May God bless you!!
May the force of God be with you in this time of trouble. He watches everything and everybody.
Happy Birthday and best wishes to you and your family.
Terri, you are loved by so many who don't know you personally.
May you break free soon from the chains that hold you down.
Wishing you the happiest of birthdays!
You have fought so hard and your perserverance brought you to our attention. We, too, will fight so that there will be many happy birthdays ahead for you. You are a brave woman and we send you our love.
posted on 12/01/2003 1:18:20 PM PST
(Those who don't believe in evolution should go jump off the flat edge of the Earth.)
Happy Birthday Terri. My family will be praying for you. Keep up the fight and the faith. You will prevail!!
posted on 12/01/2003 5:39:10 PM PST
Happy Birthday Terri,
You and your family are in our prayers. Through Christ ALL things are possible. God Bless!
Dear Terri and family,
Just a note to say Happy Birthday! You remain in our prayers, and we are very grateful for the opportunity to not only know you but to draw closer to others of likeminded beliefs. May The Lord bless you, your family and those who are helping you in any way!
Terri -- My prayers are with you and your family, and I hope that you may be freed to enjoy the sunshine, the wind, and the warmth of a friendly kitty cat purrrrrrring on your lap.
posted on 12/01/2003 7:57:49 PM PST
(Why is it that the more "gun safety" laws are passed, the less safe my guns seem?)
Your struggle to live has opened the eyes of so many who have been unaware for so long of the many difficulties that the disabled endure. May God richly bless you for your willingness to sacrifice, so that many more can be spared the pain you have so unselfishly taken on. We will not stop fighting for you and others, so that your right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness will not be stymied any longer. You are an inspiration to so many people! You are very loved by those you know and by many more you do not know!
HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY, TERRI! GOD BLESS YOU!!
THANKS to all who have signed Terri's card! There are so many warm thoughts and prayers here, it is very encouraging as I read through them.
"We will not stop fighting for you and others, so that your right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness will not be stymied any longer."
"I hope that you may be freed to enjoy the sunshine, the wind, and the warmth of a friendly kitty cat purrrrrrring on your lap."
posted on 12/02/2003 12:24:44 AM PST
Happy Birthday,and one day soon you will be free.
GOD BLESS YOU
posted on 12/02/2003 2:20:22 AM PST
posted on 12/02/2003 4:46:25 AM PST
Happy Birthday, Terri and may you have many more happy ones.
To: cyn; floriduh voter
Happy Birthday dear Terri !! There is not a day goes by but what I pray for you and ask Our Heavenly LOVING Father to heal you . I so enjoy watching your inspiring videos and listen to you heartwarming voice. God BLESS YOU TERRI. I want to meet you some day. I pray that your dream will come true and you will become a VET. !!
posted on 12/02/2003 5:59:07 AM PST
(Psalm 121;1 I Lift mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.)
To: Terri; All
One day my husband called me at work and wanted me to log onto Glynn Beck's website and read about this young lady in Florida. As I read your story I felt a calling to ban together with the many others whom have joined the battle to make you well. You and your Mother and Father as well as the rest of your loving family have been in every prayer from my family home. May God continue to hold you tight in his arms and rein his strength upon your family. May this Birthday bring you the best present of all, may this be the one that releases you from the prison that you have been in within the confines of your own body. May God give you the strength to speak to your Mommy for the whole world to hear. I hope this Birthday brings you everything that you ever wanted sweet Terri, and know that we hold you dear to our hearts. I only wish we were there to celebrate with you and give you a great big hug. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETY!!!!
Love Lisa, Mark, Nikki and Mark Jr. (Texas)
posted on 12/02/2003 6:46:05 AM PST
(Beauty fades, but STUPIDITY is forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Terri - you have been in our thoughts and prayers constantly. Happy Birthday and may God bless you life with love and kindness from here on out.
posted on 12/02/2003 6:47:09 AM PST
Dear dear precious angel Terri -
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
God has sent so many angels for you as well as you being an angel for us!
You will just delight one day in reading this - may you feel the love of every single person and may our love help you to heel!
PS My favorite color is purple as well! :)
God bless and much much love,
Tania (Gorgiboy's Wife)
posted on 12/02/2003 7:03:56 AM PST
Happy, Happy Birthday Terri!
May God Bless you richly today and always!
Our family will be saying a rosary for you on the celebration of your 40th birthday and will be inviting other friends to do the same. You are in our thoughts and prayers today and always.
posted on 12/02/2003 7:39:02 AM PST
Happy Birthday! You are in my thoughts and prayers this holiday season!
posted on 12/02/2003 8:11:45 AM PST
Happy Birthday Terri! Prayers to you and all who love and care for you.
Happy birthday Terri!
You are in my thoughts and prayers - that God would protect you from all that would do you harm, bless those who love you and serve you, and minister to you with His presence and healing.
San Francisco, CA
posted on 12/02/2003 8:15:26 AM PST
Wishing you a wonderful 40th birthday!
May God bless and keep you safe!
Rose and family
posted on 12/02/2003 11:19:14 AM PST
(I'd rather have dead rats in my walls, than Hillary for President.,)
The Good Lord presented you Terri with life on this day.
May Angels surround and protect you. Make it stay that way.
This gift of your life has given many new friends a meaning.
Also a cause for your friends is a celebration of your very being.
So, have Faith and just IGNORE the storm surrounding you.
Your many friends and Angels will see you through!
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