Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Peace.

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I heard that my friend's daughter passed away tonight. Even as her body faded away last year she thought of her family. Where does a child so young find such courage and compassion? Is it all faith? I think such strength of character comes from the love, compassion and character she knew growing up. Her mother has taken such wonderful care of her for so long while keeping her family together and focused on the future. I look at this mother's strength and my own and I come up wanting. When my weaknesses tempt me how can I give in, remembering her devotion to her family?

I hope this family can come together and heal their hearts and souls. I am sure they will as they are bound in love and steadfast in their faith. I am grateful she did not know the pain so many victims must deal with. I shall always be grateful to them for this glimpse of what a family can be.

Bless you all my dear friends. Rest in blessed peace dear child. You live on in the hearts of those who knew you and loved you, and they are legion.

It is warm here but I am cold.

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10 comments:

sbh said...

Bless you, Gentle Mac. We are here. My household grieves with you tonight.

Anonymous said...

And peace to you, Mac. My thoughts and prayers.

Sven

Machinist said...

Thank you, Sven.

Stashiu3 said...

Heartfelt condolences to you and everyone touched by this loss Mac. I just haven't the words today.

Machinist said...

Thank you, Sir. There has been no hope for some time so everyone has known this was coming. It is a remarkable family and they will draw together to deal with this.

I salute you, Sir. I don't have the courage to be a parent, to let someone in so far.

Paddy O'Furnijur said...

My friend, if shared grief is lessened, let me take a portion from you and share your burden. I am not ashamed to say that my tears flowed when I read the heartfelt words you so eloquently committed to the aether over the last few weeks of this angel's life. Your words speak from the heart and to the soul and you keep alive her memory by the sharing of your heart.

I give thanks for the life and love of this angel - absent from the body, present with the Lord - and for the lives she has so richly blessed and continues to touch.

Be comforted, my friend.

Machinist said...

Paddy, you always stun me with your gift for expression and your generous heart. I am so glad to know you and to have met you. I don't know what to say but, thank you.

My comfort is that she is beyond the reach of pain and fear. I hurt for this loving family but I know their faith is stronger than this and they will recover.

Sinner said...

I have no words other than I grieve with you my friend.

Fatwa Arbuckle said...

Mac -

Others have expressed my thoughts much better than I could. Kindly permit me to add my shoulder and help in a small way to "share your burden", as Paddy put it.

I'm utterly confident that as she touched your life, so did you touch hers.

Homekeeping Heart said...

What a touching tribute for such sadness.

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