Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Be at Peace

Yesterday, a student at PreppyU was on a run and was fatally stuck by a car. I had the honor of covering the death in my paper. It was a whole lot of work, the story broke around 6PM and we were planning on wrapping up the paper by midnight. Needless to say that didn't happen. I was there until 5:47 and didn't go to sleep until 6:30 to wake up @ 9:30.

I'm really not too upset about the lost sleep. I wouldn't have done it any other way. I'm glad I could put together a tribute, something carefully written- not some news article that looks like the AP covered.

I didn't know the victim really, she worked at the Old Navy so we were familiar (shows how much I shop there!) She always struck up conversation, something I should've been more receptive to doing. I wasn't friends with her but my heart breaks for her family and friends. She was to graduate a week from Sunday. Just shows how nothing is certain, you never know what tomorrow'll bring. I know it all sounds cliche but it's true.

We all lose people we love. It's upsetting and confusing and emotional. Today in my theology class, the professor (who I really admire) gave us a prayer that she found consoling while she was battling cancer. We read it outloud as a class and I couldn't speak. I had a tough enough time keeping back tears. I'll share it with you all since I know a few of you have lost grandparents and loved ones recently.

Be at Peace
Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;
rather look to them with full hope as they arise.
God, whose very own you are,
will deliver you from out of them.
He has kept you hitherto,
and He will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will bury you in his arms.

Do no fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and everyday.
He will either shield you from suffering,
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination

-Francis de Sales

2 comments:

  1. What a wonderful prayer. Thank you so much for sharing...and I'm definitely praying for your school with the loss of this student. So sad...

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  2. How sad. That was a wonderful prayer you posted as well!

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