Friday, August 27, 2010
She has been ill for some time so I haven't been able to see her and I knew that she was reaching the end of her life. She came out of a time when African-Americans were treated very badly and had every reason to be angry and bitter. Yet she never lost her dignity, her compassion and her all-encompassing love. In many ways, she was the mother of our congregation and the mother that many of us wished we had. She died peacefully at home with her family around her. We were asked to have a prayer ritual for her in the church courtyard that day and, as it happens, when we were remembering our beloved sister, she passed from us. I - and many others - will miss her dreadfully.The earth is the poorer for her passing.
Where ever you are, you are at rest and no longer in pain. Be with the God that you so deeply believed in. Go in peace.