It was a Wednesday evening when the Executive Director, Bill Welte, came to us stating, “Bill and Bea just received word that their 8 year old grandson was hit by a car and died today. Can you go to see them? The little boy’s name was Nathan!”
Bill and Bea are a retired couple who work in the Keswick dining room. Glen and I went to their home quickly. There were lots of tears and lots of questions, but we were there. We held their hands, cried with them, and prayed with them. We helped them with last minute details to get ready to fly to Georgia the next morning. There was so little we could do, but we were there.
We went because we knew what to do. We went because others had come to be with us over 21 years ago. We went because we know it helps to have others near by. We listened, and we were there.
Was it hard to go? Of course it was. We came home and cried because we couldn’t help but remember our own Nathan, the shock, the questions, the pain. But we were there.
I am sharing some pictures with you of the “wildlife” around the Keswick property. Unfortunately the deer were too shy to appear in the pictures, but the bunny, the turtle and the swan hung around long enough for us to take pictures.
We are getting ready to leave on the cruise to Alaska on Saturday. We will return to Keswick on September 19 for a few days. The activities have slowed down considerably here at Keswick. The summer schedule is over for 2004. However, the activities at the Colony of Mercy continue. We witnessed another graduation last night. Here is a picture of Tony(In the light tan knit shirt) as other colony members prayed for him as he graduated from the Colony.
Please continue to pray for the men of the Colony and the Keswick staff as they continue to faithfully serve God.
Please pray for us as well that we will be in God’s service wherever we are.
author of Roses In December
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