Posted by: purestjoy | September 28, 2010

“I am standing on the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her sails to the morning breeze, and starts out for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her far away—she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and the sky come down to meet each other. Then someone by my side says, “There, she’s gone.” Gone where? Gone from my sight, that’s all. She’s just as large in mast and hull as she was when she left my side — just as able to bear her load to her place of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her — and just at the moment when we say, “There, she’s gone,” on that distant shore there are other eyes watching for her coming and other voices ready to shout, “Here she comes!” And such is the death of a Christian.”

—Loraine Boettner, Immortality

Today another one went home.  Laura M. will be missed SO MUCH down here on earth, but oh, what a great rejoicing must be going on in heaven right now.

Whenever I think of Laura, I think back to the very first time that I met her.  Ereling and I were doing the training program in Avon at the B’s house.   They came to help us with door to door evangelism.   Ereling was paired with Laura, and I was paired with Jim.   Little did I know how later they would become entwined with our lives.  Isn’t that how it always is?  You can never tell who will become good friends and who won’t. Of course, I think anyone who knew Laura knew she was their friend. 🙂

Over  a year ago, it was discovered that Laura had cancer and they needed a place to stay near the treatment center.   My old apartment above my parent’s garage was open by then, and so they offered it to them.  Since then a great friendship was born.  Laura fit right in with my mom and I, loving to laugh!  Dad and Jim were, of course, the more serious, but still getting in on the fun.  😉   Sunday afternoon dinners,  dinners during the week, movie nights, sharing of books, teasing and serious talks.   You would often find Mom up at her place, or she down at theirs.  They prayed together, they laughed together.

I watched their dog once while they were gone for a little while.  Everybody in the neighborhood knew that dog.  I was asked if I was Jim’s daughter..(and then when I said no, I was asked if I was Jim’s maid…we got a great laugh out of that one! 😉 )  Everybody wanted to know how they were doing.  I think that is just a great testament to how loving & open they were to everybody.  Laura was always ready and willing to talk to people, to offer insight, to pray for them. She truly lived a life glorifying to God.

She will truly be missed so much.  I came to consider she and Jim both family, in the year that they were here.

This was taken the day after I got back from India..and Laura & Jim helped us celebrate Dad's Birthday

I can’t help but think back to the Avon Training days.   Team Laura and Ereling have beat us to heaven, but Jim and I will carry on the work here on earth until we can join them.  In the meantime, I am sure they are having a great rejoicing up in heaven where there is (glory to God!) no more sickness and no more pain.



  1. I am sorry for your loss, Katrina. I am rejoicing for Laura’s gain.

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