The Eric Rasmusen family...
(Tim) Friends, the last two days have brought a blow to Church of the Good Shepherd and, despite the ephemeral nature of this forum, personally, I'd like to ask your prayers.
From Baylyblog comments, some of you will recognize the name, Eric Rasmusen. Monday evening, Eric and his wife, Helen, lost their second daugther, Elizabeth, as well as Eric's parents, in an automobile collision. Here's the statement Eric released...
In His love and wisdom, God has chosen to take home our dear daughter, Lizzie and my parents.
On Monday, July 13th, we were visiting my father and mother in Leland, Illinois, and took a day trip in two cars to Rockford to visit a relative. On the way home, Lizzie, Amelia, and Ben rode with their grandparents. The car collided with a train and my parents, along with Lizzie, died instantly. Amelia and Ben have required surgery, but both are stable. Amelia's suffered a ruptured spleen and other more minor injuries. Ben's suffered a broken femur and bruised lungs, along with other cuts and bruises.
We are very thankful to our Father in heaven for preserving the lives of Amelia and Ben. Their survival is a great blessing and a wonder of God's power.
We are blessed. We have four wonderful children, and we had Lizzie for nine years. My parents lived their threescore and ten and more, and died quickly, and I was able to share 50 happy years with them. The Lord God has been good to us, and we are selfish to want more, when we have had so much. Lizzie was so sweet, helpful, and affectionat
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.
When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
By God's grace,
Further information has (and will be) posted on a blog the family has set up for that purpose. I'm trusting our readers understand my absence from the blog the past few days. With Pastor Stephen Baker and several others from the church, we've been with the Rasmusens in Rockford where their other two children are in the hospital, recovering.