Whether it’s viral videos, overhead cooking clips, or motivational moments, social media has a way of sucking you in. One minute you’re scrolling through your phone without anything to do. After 30 minutes, you look up at the clock and wonder where time went.
Sometimes, you find yourself scrolling through videos or stories of people you don’t know. For whatever reason, you get stuck in their world. You follow along like you know them.
That’s exactly what happened to me this weekend.
A few of my friends in the Shreveport, Louisiana area started sharing the posts of Morgan White Grantham. She and her daughter were in a car accident on Sunday, November 19. Her daughter, who they lovingly called “Katie Bug,” was critically injured in the wreck.
I first saw Morgan’s posts a few days after the accident. She was strong, optimistic, and hopeful. Morgan and her family held onto their faith despite the tragedy in front of them. They shared their journey on Facebook.
As the father of a 6-year-old, I could put myself in Morgan’s shoes. As you read the posts, you couldn’t help but root for little Katie. Thousands of comments came in with each post. People across the country were praying for this little girl.
But not all stories end the way you want.
Life isn’t always full of happy endings.
When I read Morgan’s last post, it hurt. I had to take a few minutes to collect my thoughts. I hugged and kissed my daughter. Why didn’t this story have a happy ending? Why this little girl?
I was also inspired. It was this line that got me: “We will never be the same but we WILL HONOR HER.”
What faith. What courage. What strength.
I look forward to seeing what this family does to honor Katie — and, along with the thousands of others who shared her story and followed her journey to heaven, welcome the opportunity to lend a helping hand when that time comes.
“She was Fiercely Loved”
Update: Here’s what you can do to honor Katie and spread kindness in her name #HonoringKatieBug