Wednesday, November 09, 2005

"We are passing away..."

Dear friends, this post will be somewhat more somber than my others. I sent out a prayer request sometime in late August, I believe, asking prayer for a friend from high school, Laura Wallace. Shortly after we graduated high school, it was discovered that she had a cancerous brain tumor. She underwent treatment, and as of last fall/spring, the tumor had shrank considerably...in fact, it almost wasn't there, I think. She was going to begin college this fall at The University of Alabama. However, in August I spoke with her, and the cancer was back. This past Tuesday, Laura went home to be with the Lord.

It was a shock to many of us. We knew things didn't look very good, but we assumed, and hoped, we had more time. Her family took her to the hospital over the weekend, and they began a morphine drip. I spoke with Laura Jackson, another good friend from high school, on Tuesday, and she said that Laura's family said, She looked up, smiled, and then she passed away. I think she got a glimpse of what was to come... :-)

Please pray for Laura's family in the days and weeks to come. They have fought a long, tough battle. Laura was such a happy person. Before the cancer, she had long, beautiful, brown hair. Even after her treatments left her bald, she remained upbeat and positive. Even joked about it.

And, I encourage you to take the time to visit or call your friends. You never know when you might not be able to again. After weak attempts and pathetic excuses, I hope I do much better in days to come.


Sweet to rejoice in lively hope,
That when my change shall come,
Angels will hover 'round my bed
And waft my spirit home.

There shall my disembodied soul
View Jesus and adore,
Be with his likeness satisfied,
And grieve and sin no more.

Shall see him wear that very flesh
On which my guilt was lain,
His love intense, His merit fresh,
As though but newly slain.

If such the views which grace unfold,
Weak as it is below,
What rapture must the church above
In Jesus' presence know!

5 comments:

Elyow'eynay said...

Well laura,

I was going to call you but got side tracked and it ended up being 1:00 am so thought i should let you sleep. Very sorry to hear about Laura but such is life. And at least she isn't suffering with the pains of brain cancer anymore. Call me if you need me for anything...

Love,
Adam

van Danne said...

Hey Laura,

I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am to hear about your friend. As Paul said to abide here in the flesh is sometimes more needful, but to depart and be with Christ is certainly far better. Thanks for sharing...

Dan

Queen Shenaynay said...

{{{{{{Laura}}}}}}

I love you.

Owl of the Desert said...

Thanks to each of you for all your thoughts and prayers. I love you all.

R. L. Vaughn said...

I found your site while searching to see if anyone was discussing Sacred Harp on blogspot. I recognized "We are passing way" and so clicked here, but am saddened by the occasion for the post. Our prayers are for God's blessing on this family.