Thursday, March 25, 2010

How do I even start?

Update! I found I was misinformed - it was Miriam's sister, Mitzy, who passed away.  She was 3 years old. 

This was good news only to Sarah, who didn't lose her best friend. Apparently after Miriam recovered from chickenpox her little sister came down with it.

It's a different child, but the same sorrow.

Miriam died last night.

She was 6 years old.

The doctors prescribed bad medicine.

She was out of school for a couple of weeks because she had chickenpox.  But she was back in class with my daughter, Sarah, on Monday.   After school Miriam's mother and father were hosting, in their very humble baptist church that he pastors, a VBS put on by a visiting church group.

So thrilled was Sarah to be romping around hand in hand with her best friend.

At the surprise baby shower for Sarah's and Miriam's teacher today we noticed that Miriam and her mother were absent - but it wasn't dwelt on.

Then later at the VBS I was talking with the youth pastor's wife . . . she told me the news.

And I grieve.

I'm actually surprised at how my heart hurts for Augustina - Miriam's mother.  I came home and just sobbed on my husbands shoulder.  Then I asked him to tell Sarah - which he did, and she came out of the room all red eyed and we hugged and cried together.

They have two younger children than Miriam - the youngest has down syndrome.  And they are a humble, poor, family.  How does a Pastor continue after burying his daughter?  How does a mother function?  If you remember, would you please pray for this family?

I'll be hugging my kids a little tighter tonight - that's for sure.


Brittney Harmon said...

I don't know? how do you continue? I've asked myself that several times... I CAN NOT imagine! and how does a 5-6 year old grasp it or the fact that they will never again (in this life) see their friend again (and without any warning)? I pray that God would do a major work though this and comfort this mother as only he can. I feel that even though I know neither this mother or child I must greave a little myself.

mama said...

Ohhhhhh!!!! Yes, I will pray. :(

Chiropractic St Paul mn said...

OH Yes we should Pray.

Jenners said...

I don't know how any parent deals with the death of a child ... it is so devastating and tragic. I pray for the family.

Rebecca said...

My heart just aches for this family! Please tell them that their brothers and sisters in Christ in Sinaloa are lifting them in prayer, too.

I really can't think of any words which would be comforting. I would just give her a long hug and let her sob her eyes out on my shoulder...and I'd be sobbing right along with her. Blessings, sister!!!