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Wednesday, October 15

RIP Louise

Yesterday our school community lost a very special lady. Louise was called home unexpectedly, after a short illness. She leaves behind a husband, and two small children. At times like this I can feel myself getting angry with God, asking Him why things like this have to happen? Why do two lovely kids have to wake up today and realise that they have to start their lives anew, without their beautiful mum. Why does a husband have to grieve for his life partner, and struggle to cope with his pain and loss?? At times like these I find myself going back to the scriptures and finding solace there. Throughout God's word He constantly reinforces the idea that all events will be turned around for His good. No matter how sad, how dire, or how horrible the event, through God who reigns, good will come. Whilst I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a good, kind and faithful lady, I know that she is now home with our Lord and Saviour. And I know that whilst her family will grieve her loss intensely, God will be with them every step of the way, carrying them through their pain. So rest in peace Louise, a great person taken home too soon. You will be missed greatly by everyone at Devonport Christian School, and by all those who were blessed to know you.

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,

“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”

The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”

Mary Stevenson, 1936


Jen said...

Oh Cristina - how sad I felt when I read your post. Sad for all this obviously special lady will miss in her children and her life - all they will miss of her and for her husband. You have articulated your feelings so well. God is good in all things - even though it's so terribly hard to see in some of them. I pray peace for all of them .... and for you and your family. God bless....Jen

mumma to many said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and her family at this time! Just remember that her memory lives on in you and them and they need everyone to speak her name and have some safe places to talk about how they are feeling!
Collect all your photos for them and the stories so they know how she impacted on your life!
Hugs Ruth

Louanne said...

Cristina - I am so sorry for the loss of your friend and for her family. What a heartbreak. I pray that they can find peace that she is home with her Lord. Hugs all the way from Texas.

OziMum said...

I'm crying and I didn't even know the lady!

I totally hear what you're saying. I went through the "why" stage when my SIL was called home, at only 41.

Steve and Alese said...

We are very sorry to hear about the passing of your friend. When it happens, it is very normal to direct your anger and frustration on someone, or something. Only time, and family and friends can heal your heart. You will be in our prayers.

Shelle said...

I'm so sad to read about the passing of your friend and at such a young age. I'm sad for you, her family and your school community. I pray for comfort and peace for all of you in this difficult time.