Sunday, 24 February 2008

'In the midst of life ......'

This evening I waited for a friend to come in his car to pick me up to go to evening worship together - and I waited...... He is usually so punctual that I decided that he must have told me that he wouldn't be coming tonight and, as time was getting on, I called a taxi.

I have just had a phone call from my Minister to tell me that our friend passed away suddenly at 3.30 this afternoon! He was in church this morning, looking very well and singing lustily in all the hymns (as he always did), so we are all very shocked to hear this sad news - sad for us who will miss him, but a wonderful way to go for him.

It will be a dreadful shock for his daughter and her husband (who since September, newly returned from Kenya where they were Mission Partners, has been the Minister of our Tilehurst Church) and his young grandchildren who are all away on holiday at present.

All in all it has been quite a Sunday! This morning's congregation included a former Deacon and his wife and a couple who (with their family) were stalwarts of the church years ago before they moved to the West Country. I said to them 'It must be 40 years since I had your children in Sunday School' and got the reply 'More than that!' Two of the 'children', married by now, are living in America and Cyprus! There were also a number of people who needed to talk about their own health problems or those of their family, so the after-service coffee time was the busiest I've been for some time.

So it has been a Sunday in which I have experienced most of the emotions!


Anonymous said...

Olive, I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I will be praying for the family.

Olive Morgan said...

Thanks, Will. They will certainly need our prayers, for they have been rejoicing to be home again and near to their Dad.

Paul Martin said...

Oh dear live, you really have had the full extreme of emotions in one day.

Will pray for all of you who are mourning your friend.

PamBG said...
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PamBG said...

Try again.

So sorry to hear about your friend and prayers for you and for your friend's family.

A sudden death is so difficult for those left behind.

Olive Morgan said...

All your prayers are much appreciated. Today there have been so many phone calls and emails form people in the church who all say things like, 'I was only talking to him in the morning' or 'He gave me a hug in the morning'. As you say, Pam,it is hard to take it in, but what a blessing that it didn't happen when he was driving (Which happened to one of my nephews a year ago).

DaveW said...



No clever words but you are all in my prayers.

Olive Morgan said...

Much appreciated, Dave.