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Paxtonvic is reflective  as news of the death of a dear member of our congregation came to us this morning. Im very careful about confidentiality on this blog, so those of you who know our community here at Little Paxton will know who  I mean. She was one of the kindest and friendliest  Christian ladies I have ever known – someone who constantly helped  and welcomed other people but who also  delighted in receiving  friendship as well and joining in with all sorts of events and activities.

Although well into her 80’s, she was active right up until a couple  of weeks ago and she is going to leave a big hole in our church lives together.

These words keep coming  into my mind:

You can shed tears that she is gone

Or you can smile because she has lived

You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back

Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her

Or you can be full of the love that you shared

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday

Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday

You can remember her and only that she is gone

Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back

Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

written 1981

David Harkins 1959 –

Silloth, Cumbria, UK

” I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, or powers, nor things present nor things to come, not height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8 v 38,39.

July 30, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Thank you for those wonderful words of reflection. She was indeed a wonderful woman. She only had questions of how other people were and never of her own difficulties. As a family we knew her for 25 years. She saw our children grow up and never minded how many times their balls came over the fence! We will miss her very much and our thoughts are with her husband and her family.

    Comment by Lyn | August 4, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thank you, Lyn, for your gentle memories of F. Take care, Annette

    Comment by paxtonvic | August 4, 2009 | Reply

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