Friday, 16 July 2010

Its hard to accept this!

A few days ago, my pastor friend from back -in- the- day sent me the devastating message that my friend Wendy had passed away. We used to be very close when Ara was a Tot, going to prayer meetings/church together, praying for each other and our families. She lived in Luton and we'd spoken on the phone and planned to meet-up sometime...only it never happened. Instead she's gone leaving behind a husband and 3 children the youngest,9yrs. Whilst I was reeling from the shock of this, the phone rang. It was my sis from Ghana.'Are you sitting down?' I said'what!?!' Then she gives me another blow! This, within 15 minutes of the 1st blow. My friend Jennifer also from back- in- the- day has died! We met up when I went to Ghana(she always comes to spend time with me) and was planning to visit her twin in the US. Jennifer was my flatmate when Ara was a toddler. It was she who introduced me to KTchurch. We all belonged to a group called AL and shared many happy memories together. I couldn't even cry. I was just numb, tears stinging my eyes.

To Wendy: I never knew you were so ill. I'm so sorry you went through so much. I spoke of calling weeks ago, to see if we could finally make it happen. The meeting that never took place. I'm grateful to God that I knew you. Always smiling and babying me. Re-arranging my wardrobe when it was a total mess! Now Heaven is your reality. I'm sad that you died so young, but happy that you're no longer dealing with pain. RIP my sister, till we meet again.

And Jennifer: What can I say? I could barely comprehend the fact that you'd gone. So soon? I remember us standing near El wak,(Ghana) encouraging each other in the Lord. You were telling me about your plans...Ei! How did this happen? Aakor, so pretty, so sweet. A gentle and quiet spirit. Dyou remember Ara's 1st words when she tried to say Aakor? It was Krkor? She's devasted.. But I know how much you Loved God. You were a saint if ever there was one. Enjoy your rest from your labours. I will miss you, my dear. Until that great day....girls I'll do my best by his grace to represent on this side of eternity.

In 1989, we went to portugal to attend a crusade and made it a holiday. We all stayed in a lovely hotel. Wendy&I shared a room with little Arashia. DD and Jennifer(Aakor) shared another room. Dd died in 2004. It was a hard one to get over Cos we used to spend so much time on the phone putting the world to rights. I was the one that told Jennifer and Wendy. Then last year Elizabeth died. She was in AL too. I broke the news to Jennifer. Now this........ God is my rock and my strength, an ever present help in the time of trouble. I will rest in you, the lifter up of my head. God is faithful, whether I understand this or not, He is FAITHFUL.

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."


Nai said...

OH Ofo! Bless you :( Yes HE is faithful, my deepest sympathy and prayer go out to you and those families. I am familiar with that pain, but not to that extent ...however, GOD is good, ALL the time. Stay blessed and strong in the Lord. xoxox

anthia-ofo said...

Thank you Nai, it all feels unreal. Yes indeed, God IS good. Makes me realise how fleeting life can be and how sure eternity really is....bless.

The Woman Inside said...

Sorry for your loss! But God has taken them into his everlasting arms! Life is a beautiful thing to be cherished, respected and enjoyed.
Stay strong and many blessings.

anthia-ofo said...

Thank you - woman inside.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ofo,
I barely know what to say to you. It's too awful - so sad.
My sincerest sympathies girl.
As you say, they were his saints. Maybe they had work to do up there.
"Che din, wy?
Seiwa xxx

anthia-ofo said...

Thanks Seiwa, Wendy's funeral is 2morrow. I'm going with Ara. I'm also writing a tribute for Jennifer. Sometimes you envy them ...they're out of this mess. other times it's just BAD they've left so soon.