Last night when we got home from church there was a message waiting for me from a woman that I have known throught Curves, bible study, life. She told me that the former owner of Curves in Allendale, husband had died on Saturday of a heart attack. I am not a good friend of Lori's, but I so enjoyed getting to know her and her wonderful mother Sharon. Her husband Duane was 46 years old! I have to admit it hit me so hard. After the loss we at Lighthouse experienced last May, it just hit me that another young father is gone! I had just seen Lori on Tuesday at the Orthodontist. Life was normal, we laughed and talked about what was going on with each of us, now her life is completely changed forever!
The reason for this post is to ask for prayer for them! She has two sons, one has graduated High School the other is a sophmore. They also have his niece living with them, she is 17. I will be going to the funeral home tomorrow night. I ask for prayer that I will be able to minister to the family. I do not believe that they know the Lord. I have had several conversations with Lori, and at times she is just a little antagonistic to things of God. She has had some bad experiences in the church she used to go to (they were part of the Catholic church, and the abuses there totally left her and Duane, not wanting to go there anymore). Her nephew is the one that hit the youth pastors wife near Burnips, and they have seen alot of anger from the family, who are Christians, and with the closing of Curves here in town, alot of women were very angry and did not act in a Christlike manner towards her. We have always had a good relationship, I actually worked there for a while a few years ago. Please pray that the Lord will give me comforting words, and that somehow I can bring peace to the situation, and that I can be a Christlike representative to them. Lori's mother grew up going to church. Her family actually went to our church many many years ago. She also hasn't gone to church for years.
Please just pray!!