Monday, June 13, 2016

The Blink of an Eye

I was a teenager when Jacob and Rebecca got married. They moved onto a farm in our church district and before long children were being added to their family. It was always interesting watching their lively children, and I couldn't help but admire Rebecca's gentle, patient interaction with her children.

A few years later LV and I got married. Jacob and LV became really good friends as they sat in the same section in church and always had a good time visiting before and after services. The year we welcomed Sailor into our family, Jacob and Rebecca welcomed another baby into theirs. A little boy they named Andrew.

Life happened and many major changes. We left the Amish and we no longer had a lot of interaction with all the friends we used to have while we were Amish. Jacob and Rebecca however remained friendly. They're close neighbors and when ever we see each other we'll smile and wave, and occasionally we'll visit a little.

Yesterday morning on our way to church we passed them while they were walking to church. Again we all smiled and waved and then discussed how life would be had we remained Amish. Sailor would be part of the annual instruction class for baptism. Those boys would have been his classmates, and now part of his group of friends during his rumspringa years.

This morning we heard sirens. Something that always makes you pause and listen because it's not something you hear very often. A little later we received the news, sixteen year old Andrew had been killed in an accident.

In the blink of an eye their life has been forever changed. We cry with them, pray for them, and hug our own children as we're reminded anew how fragile and precious life is.


  1. In the 'blink-of-an-eye', dear, precisely how long our accident happened, precisely how long our lifetimes are. And then how we lived is where we go for the, rest, of, eternity. Sad few peeple can understand that very fact as set by Almighty God. Lemme fill-you-up withe epiphany, the avant-gardeness and wisdom necessary to achieve Seventh-Heaven, dear (if you dont yet know)...

    If 'freedom lies in being bold' (Robert Frost), doesn't pushing-the-envelope result in the Elysian Fields?

    If I'm the sower, we plant the Seed; if I'm an artist, we RITE the symphonies heard Upstairs ☆IF☆ you accept His lead withe orchestra...

    Wanna find-out the fax, Jak, in a wurld fulla the 'power of cowards'? Wanna wiseabove to help a 'Plethora Of Wurdz' [POW!] which are look'n for a new home in thy novelty?? Yay!

    Q: But [gulp] can anyone tell me the difference between K2/IQ? A: Nthn. In Heaven, we gitt'm both for eternity HA! Need a few more thots, ideers, wild wurdz (whoa, Nelly! easy, girl!) or ironclad iconoclasms?

    VERBUM SAT SAPIENTI (Latin: words to [the] wise): As an ex-writer of the sassy, savvy, schizophenia we all go thro in this lifelong demise, I just wanna help U.S. git past the ping-pong-homo'BOMBa-politics, the whorizontal more!ass! we're in...

    "This finite existence is only a test, son," God Almighty told me in my coma. "Far beyond thy earthly tempest is where you'll find tangible, corpulent eloquence". Lemme tella youse without d'New Joisey accent...

    I actually saw Seventh-Heaven when we died: you couldn't GET!! any moe curly, party-hardy-endorphins, low-hanging-fruit of the Celestial Paradise, extravagantly-surplus-lush Upstairs (aww! baby kitties, too!!) when my o-so-beautifull, brilliant, bombastic girly passed-away due to those wry, sardonic satires...

    "Those who are wise will shine as brightly as the expanse of the Heavens, and those who have instructed many in uprightousness as bright as stars for all eternity" -Daniel 12:3, NJB

    Here's also what the prolific, exquisite GODy sed: 'the more you shall honor Me, the more I shall bless you' -the Infant Jesus of Prague.

    Go gitt'm, girl. You're incredible. See you Upstairs. I won't be joining'm in the nasty #@!! Abyss where Isis prowls
    PS Need summore unique, uncivilized, useless names? Lemme gonna gitcha started, brudda:

    Oak Woods, Franky Sparks, Athena Noble, Autumn Rose, Faith Bishop, Dolly Martin, Willow Rhodes, Cocoa Major, Roman Stone, Bullwark Burnhart, Magnus Wilde, Kardiak Arrest, Will Wright, Goldy Silvers, Penelope Summers, Sophie Sharp, Violet Snow, Lizzy Roach, BoxxaRoxx, Aunty Dotey, Romero Stark, Zacharia Neptooh, Mercurio Morrissey, Fritz & Felix Franz, Victor Payne, Isabella Silverstein, Mercedes Kennedy, Redding Rust, Phoenix Martini, Ivy Squire, Sauer Wolfe, Yankee Cooky, -blessed b9... (mixNmatch)

    God blessa youse
    -Fr. Sarducci, ol SNL

  2. Please know thoughts and prayers are being sent for Andrew's family. I hope as they come to grips with such a sudden loss, that they eventually can smile at the blessing it was to know and love Andrew here on earth. Their strong faith in knowing that "In dying we are born to eternal life," will pull them through.

    Thank you for the reminder that time is so precious with our loved ones. I will hug mine extra today.

  3. Prayers sending your way and your friend Rebecca.

  4. I'm so sorry. I'll be praying for Andrew's family and friends.

  5. How horrible. No family should have to bury their children. My deepest prayers for Jacob and , and their other children, who will surely miss their brother.

  6. I have been praying for them and you. So tragic. I am sorry for your loss.

  7. We join you in prayer for Andrew's family.
    May God comfort them as only He can.

  8. I'm so sorry for you and your friends as you all deal with Andrew's sudden death. There are no easy goodbyes; but sudden ones, especially when young people are the ones who die, are so difficult. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  9. I will pray for the family of Andrew and for loss you too must feel. May we all look to the Savior for our comfort In His Mercy Pat Norton

  10. I am so sorry to hear about young Andrew's death. I'm praying for his family as they grieve, and for yours also.


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