And so it is with me, following the sudden death Monday of Sarah Harkins, 32, of Fredericksburg, Va., a friend I never met face to face, but a woman who has helped to guide my journey for several years. Sarah, who was carrying her unborn child, Cecilia, died after an allergic reaction to many stings from a yellow-jacket hive disturbed in her backyard. She is survived by her husband, Eric, and four children.
On my long walks in Vermont this week, I have started writing a post about Sarah many times in my head. I just can't find the words.
For right now, I am linking this page to two pages that have been set up to help her surviving children and her husband. You can donate here and here. In time, I imagine, words will come to me so I might express my gratitude for Sarah's life.
|Photo by Lori Elizabeth Fowlkes|
Sarah was a rosary maker. She crafted the beads in her rosaries from clay. I'm going to close with part of a prayer Sarah wrote for a mothers' love bracelet she created for two of my teacher friends with new babies.
"Sweet Jesus, I thank you for the gift of eternal life. Help me remember that life is a gift and that the lives of my children belong to you. May I never take any moment of life for granted. "