Monday, November 29, 2010
Over 20 years ago, I became best friends with four other amazing girls. Kristi, Raquel, Becky, and Mary. We had a remarkable friendship that has defied the decades. Though our paths have led different ways, anytime we talk or see each other, it's like no time has past at all. We have come together for good times, like weddings, missionary farewells, baby birth's, blessings and such. But the most poignant times have been the times we have come together in solidarity and support during crisis, illness, and tragedy. Being with Beck through her cancer ordeal was a humbling process, and thank goodness she is cancer free now.
Last night I got word that Raquel's 16 year old son Devin was killed in a tragic car accident Saturday night. Raquel was witness to the scene and the unsuccessful attempts to save Devin's life. I talked to her last night, and we wept together as she told me how cold his hand was when they had finally pronounced him gone. We wept at her sorrow for what could have been if his mortal life had gone on. We wept at the peace of a greater plan, and the knowledge that her sweet family will be reunited one day.
So here we stand again, together. For the funeral Friday for a boy who will be missed by so many. I love you Raquel.