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In memory of my sister, Sarah Geraldine “Gerry” McGregor Harden.  

August 1, 1930 – October 13, 2011

I was in Chicago when the sad news came.  My sister had lost her courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  She was, at that moment, in Heaven…surrounded by a host of loved ones who’d gone before.  The Bible says “absent from the body, present with the Lord”.  Praise God!

I changed my reservations and flew South.  My plans had been to travel South on Sunday and spend the week with my sister…but Heaven needed her sooner.    On Sunday, we celebrated the amazing life of my beautiful sister at her homecoming service in the church she has attended for 50+ years. There in the midst of the beautiful stained glass windows and an exquisite blanket of Autumn flowers, a host of family and friends met to remember and grieve together. I was reminded of the song “Thank You for giving to the Lord” for that is what she did.  Because she loved her Saviour, she gave so selflessly…to each and every one of us, her family…and the very long line of friends at the church. We love you and miss you, Gerry, but we’ll see you again in Heaven. How I thank God that I am so blessed to have called you SISTER.

10 Responses to One amazing life…

  • acornhollow says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • Judy says:

    So sorry to hear of your sister’s passing, Dianne. I remember about 6 years ago when you made my first reborn we had chatted (via e-mail) and you were going to be spending time with your sister. She was very brave and I’ll bet she was equally proud to have you for a sister.

    You and your family will be in my prayers.


  • Sharon says:

    There is real comfort in knowing that a loved one fell asleep in Jesus–though it does take awhile for peace to over-ride sorrow. May you be blessed by your memories of your sister.

  • Elizabeth says:

    I am so sorry for your loss of a beautiful courageous sister…..

  • Heather says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. Sending hugs your way.

  • Sunny says:

    So sorry for your loss hun. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • FlowerLady says:

    I am sorry for you loss, but how wonderful that she is with Jesus. That verse is always a comfort.

    Love and hugs to you and your family at this time ~ FlowerLady

  • I’m sorry for your loss. Hugs sent your way.

  • Christine says:

    Oh I’m very sorry! She sounds like an amazing person. I was just reading something by Madeleine L’Engle that is apt: “Some Elizabethan woman who led a life of selfless love may well be brought before the throne of God ahead of Shakespeare, for such a person may be a greater force for good…” (Walking on Water p. 31).

  • Dianne says:

    Thank you, dear friends. My amazing sister truly left an enormous empty space here without her. I miss her so much but I know I will see her again one day in Heaven.




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