Friday, October 28, 2005

At a loss

One of my best friends, Erin, just lost her father to cancer last week. It was somewhat expected, but at the same time sudden. I was able to spend a lot of time with her and her family last week. They are doing well, but grieving the loss of a man they loved. Please keep them in your prayers, as it is never easy to lose someone you love. I want to share a little story with all of you. The night before Mr. Lewis passed away, I couldn't stop thinking about him and his family. I just kept thinking about them and praying. God laid it on my heart to write Erin a poem, that I would give her at some later date, so I wrote one that night. Little did I know that her dad would pass away the next morning and that I would be giving her the poem a few days later. What is also cool is that two of her other friends couldn't sleep the same night and one of them wrote her a letter. We just all thought it was awesome how God was working in all of our lives and helping us to give Erin the love and support she needed. He is so incredible! So here are the words I offered Erin out of love. They may not be perfect, but I pray that God was still able to use them.


My Dear Sweet Friend
Christina L. Castelin
October 18, 2005


My dear sweet friend,

I know your heart is breaking
And the sorrow is running deep
And I can’t think of a single word
To make you feel complete

It breaks my heart to see you hurt
To see you cry and know your pain
I want to make it go away
And see the happiness remain

We both know I am not able
To do these things for you
But our God can do these things
And He can bring healing too

So I will hold your hand
And lend my shoulder to you
And pray that God may hold your heart
And lend His strength to you

Life is not always easy
And at times seems very unfair
But I will always be here for you
To take the burdens you cannot bear

I love you Erin!

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