Tuesday, March 30, 2010

you may experience a feeling of unreality

The amazing weather has definitely arrived. along with some sadness and stress.
Since I was gone Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and could not check my email, I found out Saturday night when i was finally home alone that a classmate from Drury passed away last Wednesday. Her name was Alexandra Parker, and she sat across from me in my Global Awareness class. A couple of my friends from Drury knew her pretty well, but I didn't. I was only friends with her on facebook, but seeing her presence around campus, I thought she seemed like such a sweet and intelligent girl. I haven't been able to get my mind off of her passing since Saturday evening.
I think I could probably rattle on about this for a long time, but I just have to say that this tragedy helped to open my eyes, as all kinds of shocking incidents might do, to the fact that loving people is the most important thing in life, aside from loving God. Sometimes I need to be reminded of this fact because I am so selfish and weak. Being young it can be difficult to accept something so sudden and scary like the death of a classmate or loved one, or simply the fact that we are human and not invincible. I wish that this had not happened, and even that I had gotten to know her while I had the chance, but I know that God will work through this awful situation.
Alexandra Parker, so many people loved you and your death has left a gap in the lives of many.  May you rest in peace.

"...And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. " Revelation 21:4

1 comment:

  1. Erin, I am so sorry about her passing.
    Even though someone passes away who we're not necessarily close with, it is always such an eye opener, as you said.
    One of my teachers from pmtc passed away last month, committing suicide. I couldn't take my mind of off him for days and days. It made me think of what I could have done...wondering where he is. I don't want to even think, but just pray. I felt so torn up inside, and still do thinking of it.
    You're right...loving people is so important, and we're always wrapped up in our own needs and wants instead of the interest of others.
    Thank you for sharing this.

    I miss you a lot and love you very much!