06
Jun
16

Alena’s 25th Birthday

Since Aunt Rose’s house sold, and because we’re sensing a need to weed out and minimalize, we’ve begun going through boxes of STUFF-you know the kind!

I don’t think it a coincidence that today when Alena would be 25, I came across the following:

Alena

Finally my birthday had come and I was happy my parents and sisters were there. They were the only family members I had near because we had left the rest of them back in the U.S. so we could be missionaries in Belgium. That evening Amy, Alena and me went to the neighborhood park. We were on our way home when Alena started whining that her legs hurt. Amy (my older sister) and I didn’t really pay attention, we thought she was just tired but when we got home she wouldn’t stop complaining. She wasn’t acting like herself. Normally she would always do things for others and think about herself later.

The next day she had a fever; furthermore, it was very high and frightened me. When she started getting marks all over her little body my parents started getting worried. Even at that age I knew something was wrong and all I could think about was that she would have to make it. Soon mom and dad became desperate and they explained they were going to take Alena to the hospital. I had never realized how involved she was in my every day activities until they took her away. It was the last time I saw her but that was my fault. They would ask if I wanted to visit her, still to see some one that was always so joyful, lying there in coma I couldn’t and wouldn’t bear. She was my best friend, the one I could always depend on.

After many days of waiting and praying mom and dad came home from the hospital , sat us down and quietly told us Alena had died that morning. We started to cry and remember all the times we had spent with her. During the middle of all the emotion I stopped suddenly and laughed. Why were we crying? Wasn’t she with the heavenly Father that would take care of her? I realized it was because she wasn’t with us and never would be again.

Seven years later the reality has settled in. Still, when I hear some one mention her I can’t help but feel a deep pain in my heart until I hear what is being said. It is always about how cheerful or thoughtful she was; there was never a bad word said about her before, nor after she died. She was a true reflection of God’s love and I’m proud to say that I knew her.

It is hard living without her but God has taught me to trust in Him, and He gave me eternal peace. I’m glad I was able to know her for the little time that I did although I would have liked to have spent more tine with her. One thing that can never be taken away is the impression she made on everybody that knew her. Now she is safe in heaven forever and I wait impatiently for the day that I will see her again.

It is hard living without her but God has taught me to trust in Him, and He gave me eternal peace. I’m glad I was able to know her for the little time that I did although I would have liked to have spent more tine with her. One thing that can never be taken away is the impression she made on everybody that knew her. Now she is safe in heaven forever and I wait impatiently for the day that I will see her again.

~Elise DiVirgilio

2003

If this post is for you, remember that He is the God of all comfort!

2 Cor. 1:3, 4: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. ” (WEB)

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