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write4jesus and I have exchanged a lot of Bible verses over the years, but these two came to mind tonight:

2 Corinthians 1:4
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

2 Corinthians 12:9
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

From one of her favorite songs: He Giveth More Grace
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

The whole song is beautiful and meaningful, but we talked a lot about that particular line.



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Sep. 15th, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
You were immediately in my thoughts when I saw the news this morning. I know the two of shared a birthday and had been room-mates at college. Your response to the Birtwell family post brought tears to my eyes. Rachel is with her Heavenly Father now and we can be comforted in that, but it's still rough for those of us left.

I had tentative plans to visit her next spring. We'd briefly talked about it via email. I regret that I will never get to make that trip.

It was through you that Rachel and I met. Thank you for that.
Sep. 15th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
Sep. 15th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Allie, what has happened?????
Sep. 15th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
I've seen the message from her family, what shocking news, I'm just shocked

{{hugs to all}}
Sep. 15th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
*hugs back* I guess everyone was shocked. Everyone but the Lord, who has known all along.
Sep. 15th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
I love you.
Sep. 15th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
Such simple words that mean so much today. Love you, too.
Sep. 15th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)


She's in a much better place now and I'm sure she's loving every second of it.

Keeping this short because I'll start to cry again if I don't.

Love ya!
Sep. 16th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you.
Sep. 16th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
Hard to know what to say. I hadn't talked to Rachel very much in a while, largely as when we used to talk it was on IM and when we were bought a few years ago much of that was disabled through their network. It's very sad that she passed, but I'm also very happy that she's with our Lord and Saviour, not having to worry any more about any physical pain and problems, forever rejoicing and praising God in an eternally perfect manner.

I talked a couple of times about Bible verses with Rachel, and I know that she thought that John 3:16 was the core of the Bible message - as it is. However, I often thought of 1 John 3:16 when I thought of Rachel: "By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers." Somehow laying down our lives for others made me think of Rachel, as she was always the most giving person no matter what she was going through.

I will pray for both Rachel's family and you, that you will feel God there, holding your hand, and carrying you during this time of loss.
Sep. 16th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
Thank you, and thank you especially for sharing the verse. Rachel's legacy of light will go on as long as her friends do, but she would be the first to remind me that her light was only a reflection of the Lord's.
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