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My Son Mikael

My son, Mikael, took his life last night. We found him this morning.

Thank you to those who have written, phoned, visited or showed in some way that you care. Funeral will probably be Saturday early afternoon.

I want you all to know that God is good. God is always good. It doesn't matter what happens, God is good. I say with Job in the Bible: "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord."

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Francine said…
Dearest Maggie, words aren't enough but prayers are. I hold you and the family in prayer.
Edith said…
I have no words that will help. Know that I love and prayers come from my heart to you and yours. Yes, God is good; I pray that He surround you and carry you and your family through this sorrowful time.
Harmony said…
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Harmony said…
I am so sorry for your loss. This is such a difficult and impossible time for the family and especially for you as a mother. May God hold you in the palm of His hand through this time and in the months and times to come. My prayers are with you...Shirley
Thank you, friends. You all are a blessing. I'll write more in my blog as I'm able.
imallforgod said…
I am so sorry, my friend. My prayers and thoughts are with you in this time.
Samantha said…
Debbie--

I've never met you, but I love you. The words in your blog have been of help to me as I've made my own journey in the past few years. Your comments on my own blog have encouraged and shown love and support. You've shared glimpses of your family, including this beautiful son.

Know that my tears are mingled with yours as I, too, grieve your loss and pray for our Heavenly Father to bless you with increased comfort, blessings and knowledge of how very much He loves you.
mandi said…
You don't know me, but I am so struck by your candid expression of God's love through your loss. Please accept my concern for you and yours.
Jeanie said…
(((((((Maggie))))))))

I am so very sorry for all of you. I will be praying for everyone.
kathleen-beth said…
My heart aches for you and your family, Debbie. Mikael was a beautiful boy, a handsome young man.

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DEBBIE HAUGHLAND CHAN
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA

I'm married (35 years in December 2008) with four grown sons. I love my city (Winnipeg) and my country (Canada) and promote them both to whoever will listen. God (through Jesus Christ) is the biggest part of my life. I am learning to let him take control of all areas--though I do better at this some times more than others.

I have written a book that's recently been published about part of my journey with God. In it I tell how God confronted me with the same-sex attraction issues I've struggled with all my adult life and how he led me through them to a deeper and more meaningful relationship with him. God is amazing—his forgiveness, his love, his movement in our lives when we allow him and so much more. I suspect God will never run out of things to teach me or ways to make me grow and that’s a good thing (though often very painful).

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Reviews of Searching for Love

If you have read the book, I would love to hear your thoughts on it. You may e-mail me at debbiehaughland@gmail.com or post them in the comments section below.

A Real Testimony
I finished your book. A real testimony to what God does for us.
Leona March 3, 2009
I Had Tears Coming

I sat down to read it about a week later and ended up finishing it the same night. At first I admit I was a little bored and thought that the whole book was about a battle all in your mind, but as I continued reading this creeping thought came over me of a different...struggle in my own life, that I would never in my right mind have shared with anyone accept maybe God. I've mentioned your book to a few people because it stirs up age-old controversies that I have myself argued and wondered about, namely about whether or not homosexuality can be cured or just managed like alcoholism--you just have to stay away from temptation. I noticed at the end of your book that your struggle story …