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Gone Too Soon

A lovely woman I recently met through church went to her heavenly rest last night.  She is gone way too soon.  Unbeknownst to me until this past weekend, she had been living with ovarian cancer for the past several years.  Never would I have known she was not well.  Looking at her and being with her for a short while, she immediately struck me as elegant, delightful and fun.  D was relatively new to our parish and very happy to be getting involved with the altar guild.  That's how we met.  She was a trainee and I was her mentor one Saturday morning.  We worked the sanctuary and had time to visit as we worked over the votive lights stand.  I had not seen her beforehand, but since that day, it was my pleasure to greet her and her husband D as they came to Sunday church. 

Yesterday while I was crew leader yesterday, someone apparently came into the 9am service from hospice, urging him to come now for her time was fleeting.  I am sad he was called away during the service, but I was glad he had been in church.  I bet she sent him.  Sadly, she is gone way too soon.  I regret that we had only just met, but I thank God for that privilege.  D had not completed her training with us, but I know she has since received her commission to the Altar Guild.  It's a good place to meet folk, to find a niche in a new place, while offering service to the Lord.  I think I know where I will find D when I get there.  Peace, my friend.

O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of your servant, Diane, and grant her an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.     

O merciful Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servant for who our prayers are offered.  Remember David, O Lord, in mercy, nourish his soul with patience, comfort him with a sense of thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon him, and give him peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.