By Stephanie Ciccarelli
September 3, 2008
When it feels like the world has stopped turning, we must be reminded that it has not, and that we must continue to live, charge ahead and embrace the future while honoring the past.
As we have been told by someone far greater than any of us, we will not be left as orphans, but instead be guided and kept safe from harm to do further good for the glory of God.
This is one of the most difficult articles I have ever had to write from a personal stand point and I thank you on behalf of Don LaFontaine's family, his friends and colleagues for the overwhelmingly beautiful thoughts and prayers offered here on this blog for Don over the years in times of great joy, celebration, in times of need, and lastly in mourning, remembrance and tribute.
The question that we face now is where do we go from here?
With faith and trust, we can go far, and we will.
What could anyone write that could follow such tribute? What topic could possibly be appropriate?
I've been struggling with this now for quite some time and it's become clear to me that we need to allow ourselves to have strength in the midst of sorrow, to bring peace where there is pain, to spread hope where there is despair.
We must now set a course toward a future in a world where there is no Don LaFontaine, but before we do so, we will honor him, support those in need and speak of him with a smile in our eyes and hearts though tears may still fall.
To do this would be a great honor to Don LaFontaine and his memory.
Tomorrow I will write about something different and I hope the ideas that flow will be an inspiration to you and keep us moving through this time of brokenness, seeing us through the end of an era.
This post has been updated today (September 4, 2008) to include words from a dear friend, Joan Baker, narrating a tribute to Don LaFontaine:
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