Anna Y Colom Serrano
March 1, 1985 - May 30, 1997
May 30, 1997, I was separated from my beloved daughter shortly
after she had turned twelve. Never being sick in her
short life, except for the common cold, after about six weeks
of "not feeling quite well" and undergoing medical treatment
for what we thought was a bad flu complicated by bronchitis,
she was suddenly diagnosed with a very advanced,
aggressive type of lymphoma and was carried away to be with
our Lord shortly thereafter.
Anna was loving, kind, gentle, soft spoken,
obedient, polite, joyful and loved the Lord very much.
When Anna was eight, she was required, as a school assignment,
to make a scrapbook of her hero. Her scrapbook was of
My daughter was everything in this life
to me and, except for our Lord and Saviour Himself, I can love
no one more.
In utter shock and disbelief, I
whispered, "Why? Why?" Never answering my
question, our Saviour drew me close, embraced me
with His mercy and covered me with His grace.
It is Jesus who has lifted me, Jesus who
has carried me, Jesus who has sustained me and Jesus has been
the Strength for me to go on.
knows this indescribable agony which time has not lessened. .
. nor ever will. This pain is not a wound,
it is a seed, the roots of which grow deeper each day.
Our Lord has shown me how this seed will sprout and grow,
depending upon the nourishment I provide,
into twisted, spindled, thorny bramble or a
straight, strong, lush tree.
Despite circumstances, by God's grace and for
His sake and in memory of our beloved child, may we ever
choose to yield and flourish under our Lord's loving
Hand, branching out, always giving shelter and
comfort in His precious Name to those who have been likewise
hope, my comfort, my peace rest on the blessed assurance of
His promise " . . .because I live, ye shall live
also." (John 14:19) I pray that as I have, you too may
have the "peace of God which passeth all
understanding". Through my tears, I see the
joy set before me grow ever brighter.
She is in Heaven and our Lord draws nigh!
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
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