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“when the tears fall, still i will sing to You…” -tim hughes

January 8, 2009

today was surreal. started at the doctor’s office which lasted, as always, longer than you expect. then work. LOVE those kids. around 4:15ish, a friend came to pick up her girls and told me that our friend rachel got a call about an hour earlier that her sister died suddenly and tragically. i went upstairs. i found her in carlos’ office with 3 other wonderful women. we sat and cried and laughed and listened and talked. rachel has been losing her sister for a while now. her sister has been an addict for a long time, but this last year has been especially bad. and more and more she has watched her sister disappear and the disease grow more prevalent. today’s call was on that she has been expecting on some level for the last few months. today is when the call came. and every time i read a blog post she would write or every time i heard another story about her sister, i told myself to share my own story. i’ve admired her strength as she would be so open on her blog and in her life about her sister’s position and her own heart in the matter. because, truth be told, i’m waiting for that call about my own brother. i won’t disclose everything in my blog, but i’ve been losing him for the last 8 years. i dare say that i’ve convinced myself that he’s lost. there are so many details that i won’t share. but rachel inspires me. as i drove her home today she started talking about how when we share our stories they have the opportunity to be used by God in other people’s lives. i completely agree. it was simply surreal to watch someone get the call i’m waiting for.

rachel has a lot of tough days ahead. i love this woman with so much of my heart. she’s a strong lady, but no strength prepares us for such tragic loss. please please please keep her in your prayers and in your thoughts. details and arrangements have yet to be made, but they’re assuming a funeral will be monday or tuesday in charlotte. this means traveling for both her and her parents. 

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.”

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