Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


June 27, 2014

Being a blessing

Do you ever just look at some people and wonder, “How do they do it?”

I think it’s no secret that I have a chronic illness. Fortunately it’s been pretty manageable thus far, but I also think it’s no secret that my younger daughter has suffered some health problems of late, and been in and out of the hospital for roughly the last year.

This week was no exception. While we were down to bare bones skeleton staff in the newsroom this week, you guessed it, she had another episode and was hospitalized — this time in another town, and for several days. It’s been a wild week, to say the least.

But then I visited with Brad and Leecia Arnett Thursday evening. As you read this, there’s a garage sale fundraiser going on for them at the old Stewart Motor Company building on Beaton St. Brad is waiting for a new kidney, and has been for two years. There will be big expenses, and events of their lives already have their resources drained. Drop by and pick up some items. Or turn to page one in this newspaper and read more of their story, then go by the garage sale.

Brad and Leecia are very dear, very giving, kind, loving people. They’ve been through more adversity than most people I know, and still have smiles on their faces and love in their hearts.

Every year at Relay for Life they are there, blessings others. They bless others through their church. They bless others through Special Olympics. They raised two kids who weren’t theirs by birth. Let’s all step up and see how we can be a blessing to them, in a time when they are in need.

Then tomorrow afternoon, stop by The Remington on W. Third Ave. for the fundraiser for Lane and Rae Cene Barton.

Long ago, there was a sixth grade girl who was scheduled to go off to church camp with a bunch of older kids, many she did not know. Terrified, that young girl was taken under the wing of Rae Cene Crowley, a beautiful red-head with a voice like an angel. That girl was me, and I will always be grateful for the way Rae Cene mothered me (and Kathy Lewis Davis) that week we were at church camp. She is and was a blessing.

Now she and her husband Lane are in need of some blessings. Lane was diagnosed with brain cancer, and the tumor is in a place that makes it inoperable. He is going through daily radiation, which is taking a toll.

If you read the Daily Sun story about them last Saturday, you know Rae Cene has also had problems with her neck, and they were rear-ended in Dallas on their way to radiation one day recently. Of all the times for that to happen ...

Still, they praise God in the midst of their storm, and effusively thank the friends who have made meals, driven, donated funds, or come by to mow the lawn.

If ever you feel overwhelmed by your own problems, just look around. You can always find someone else in need of a blessing; one that you’re able to give.

My husband posts a prayer of the day each day on Facebook, and the one for today was this: “I pray that I may pass on my blessings. I pray that they may flow into the lives of others.”


Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore magazine. She may be reached via email at

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