I’m posting this from my other blog. It has nothing to do with Narnia, and I thank God that it has nothing to do with my grandchildren, but it is every parent’s worst nightmare. My heart is so full today that I cannot keep quiet.
For Marie: Make Every Hour Count
Yesterday we got word that a distant family connection in Switzerland, our son-in-law’s sister-in-law, had been abducted by a convicted rapist-murderer. He was released last year from a 20-year prison term after only 12 years and was out on house arrest. Now 19-year old Marie was missing, and authorities feared the worst after he was apprehended and no trace of her could be found.
The news flashed around the world on Facebook, and people all around the world were praying for Marie, her pastor father and mother in Switzerland, and her sister’s family in America. Marie’s family released a statement saying that they trusted in God and continued to speak of Marie in the present, but that if the worst happened, their hope endures beyond death.
This morning we received the tragic news that Marie’s body had been found. Her family still does not know all the details, but they know that her fear and suffering are over and that Marie is at peace safe in God’s arms. They are standing firm in their faith in God and are grateful for the prayers of so many around the world.
We knew Marie’s family when we lived in France, when she was a little girl. We have not seen her since, but our hearts are full of grief for her and her family, understanding just a glimpse of the nightmare that is theirs. This tragedy is something that we usually see on TV or read about happening to a total stranger in the newspaper. But this time it has touched our world and rocked us and made us weep and made us think.
It has made me think about what is truly important in life. If I knew that someone I loved had only a few hours left on earth before they met a tragic and terrifying end, what might I do differently? I hope that I would be able to comfort myself that at least my loved one knew I loved them, that I had taken the time to tell them so, that the last time we said goodbye I had looked in their eyes and said “I love you” and hugged them goodbye.
By God’s grace, most of us will never experience anything so horrendous in our lives or the lives of our loved ones. But I hope that Marie’s legacy will be that people all around the world make sure that everyone they love knows it right now! Let’s tell them while we can. Make every hour count for love.
In closing these thoughts I would like to share this beautiful poem that came into my daughter Jenny’s mind as she and Jean-Marc ran side-by-side on a warm sunny day.
I wonder if she feels the wind on her face
Like heaven’s embrace
The Father welcoming her into His arms
I wonder if she sees the bright blue sky
Like heaven’s answer to “why”?
As she runs through eternity’s fields and farms
I wonder if she smells the blossoms
Of Paradise awesome
The Garden’s inviting charms
I wonder if she senses the warmth of the sun
Like heaven’s summons to fun
The Spirit keeping her warm
I wonder if she holds His hands
Like a daughter, she stands
As the Son removes from her all harm
I wonder if she tastes the waves and the sea
Of our tears and our glee
As she embraces true life in His arms
Jennifer Grace Lea
So sorry I don’t have a better comment but I am finding it hard to see through these tears. I will pray for the family and for you as well and add them to my church prayer list. May I reblog this and get some further prayers going? I wanted your permission first since this is such a personal post.
Yes, of course, Ionia. Thank you so much! They need all the prayer support they can get! There are no words to say at such a moment, are there? The fact that you care and are praying says all that can be said.
How did I not see this comment come up? going to reblog now.
Reblogged this on readful things blog and commented:
Prayers are desperately needed. Please read and send warmth.
Thank you and bless you, Ionia! I’m going to post a translation of a Swiss interview with her father. It’s incredible. It us SO, SO tragic that this beautiful young girl died, but now her voice is being heard around the world through the words of her family.
Sarah M. Cradit said:
My heart aches for you and your family. I am so deeply sorry to hear about this. You are right, a terrible situation like this does put things in perspective. Sending many, many warm thoughts in your family’s direction.
Thank you, Sarah. I’ll pass all these loving comments on to Marie’s family.
I pray for Marie’s family. This is so tragic and sad.
Thank you so much!
Ionia is quite the woman, and a sincere and generous presence in anyone’s life. I wish solace for you and your family.
I’m so grateful to Ionia for sharing Marie’s story! Thank you for your kind words.
Our prayers to the family!
Thank you so much!
Jennifer's Journal said:
Every parent’s nightmare is right; my heart goes out to her grieving family. How one’s world can be turned upside down overnight.
Thank you for your sympathy!
Emma Lewis said:
Love must be in every moment of our lives, because those moments cannot be brought back and relived. It must be now. This is so sad, and hard to say anything more, except to send love.
You said all there is to say, Emma–sending love! Thank you!
My heart goes out to her family. She and her family are definitely in my prayers