Thank you for your continued concern and prayers as we recover from Saturday’s devastating earthquakes. Most of us here had power restored by 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning – we were surprised, but grateful to have it back so quickly. I just got internet restored last night and am hoping it stays. Most of us faired pretty well in my little town with minimal damage. However, we are hearing first hand reports from friends in our regular shopping town of Manta (just an hour north) that it is a “war zone” with much devastation. Please continue to pray that we suffer no more major aftershocks (at last count we’ve had 275 quakes and shocks since this thing started and I just felt another tremor a few moments ago). I will publish a full update later in the week.
But it was one year ago today that my dear, dear friend Robert passed away. What a sad day that was when I awoke to find several messages and emails from him, as he tried to connect with me one last time in the final hours of his life before he was euthanized.
I have found the first year following the loss of a loved one to be an ongoing journey of remembering and reflecting, most specifically on what was happening in your relationship with them the same time the previous year. This past year I’ve relived the ups and downs of the “Robert story” all along the way. Now I’ve come full circle, to the day that was an “end and beginning” this time last year. It feels sad but good to close the circle and move on.
I don’t think there has been a day this past year that Robert hasn’t crossed my mind, if even briefly. And I still doubt there ever will be. The intersection of our Journeys has left an indelible mark on me that will never be erased. I am grateful to have known him and loved him. I’m grateful to have been a part of his life and to get to tell you his story from my perspective. And more than anything, I’m so grateful for the many lessons God has taught me through this whole experience – most importantly how deeply His love for each and every one of us is written on His heart.