Rosalie is my friend who I’ve blogged about several times. She has been wonderful at trying to keep in touch with me. She now has a Facebook account and I’m thrilled to be able to keep in touch with her more frequently. She went to a mutual friend who is serving in Cameroon and had her set-up a Skype call. It was wonderful to see her and talk with her, however, my French is really bad! Our mutual friend gave me a head’s up before I spoke with Rosalie. Rosalie shared with me that she lost her granddaughter. Joshua Glenn, her grandson who stole my heart, lost his battle to cancer while we were in Cameroon, in May 2016, her grandson Samuel, Joshua Glenn’s brother lost his life to illness and now this baby girl who was being born, had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck three times and died during delivery, this baby girl would’ve been Joshua Glenn’s and Samuel’s sister.
I have no words! I’m mourning with my friend. Recently, I read the following quote and it’s true. We are happy to be here and be able to be present in our family’s lives, however, our hearts are also pulled to our friends and adopted Cameroonian family.
“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.”
― Miriam Adeney
You touched so many & I’m sure Rosalie was ecstatic to see you!!
What a powerful reminder to us to make the most of every opportunity to develop relationships. It’s how we have been built. Rosalie touched your life – and you touched, and continue to touch each other’s lives. We will be praying for Rosalie – and for you as she deals with heart-wrenching grief once again.
Rosalie’s grief would seem overwhelming…but for her relationship with Christ. May she grow closer to the Lord and find comfort in His love and power to heal her grieving heart. May she withstand any unbelieving naysayers who would speak or shun her for her faith in the midst of heartbreaking mourning. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Matt 5:4 What a blessing to her that she can reach across 6000 miles to hear and see you mourn with her as a dear friend. May you be comforted in this, too. Love you!