IN MEMORY OF
KARLY ANNE RICHARDSON
by Christina and Ernie Richardson
There will forever
be significance to 10:53 a.m., Saturday, January 26, 2002.
It was the moment of Karly's birth - the time from which we
would measure her twenty-five minutes of life here on earth.
The brevity of
her life has reminded us - that life truly is a gift from
a loving God, that the gift of life is a sacred one, and that
for some God has in His wisdom willed that this sacred gift
be enjoyed for merely minutes.
We do question
God - not because we question His wisdom - but because we
seek to know His purpose in His plan for Karly if He would
choose to reveal it. As Believers, we accept - for us and
for Karly - this lot that God has chosen for us knowing that
He has either intended it or permitted it to be.
questions, we know this. We know that Karly's life was not
cut short. She lived a life as full as God intended and she
passed at the time appointed for her. Whatever God's divine
purpose, it is being served.
We know this too.
We know a little of the pain God the Father must have felt
to have known before His Son's birth the day of His Son's
We are saddened
by the loss of Karly but we know that she has gained so much
more - for Heaven is all she will ever really know.
Despite our sadness,
we are grateful to God for so many things. We are grateful
for the memories of those 25 precious minutes with Karly.
We are grateful for the knowledge that she is in a better
place and when little Ryan asks, "Where's baby Karly
Anne?," we are grateful that we can say with genuine
conviction that she is in heaven with Jesus.
We are thankful
too for Choices Medical Clinic and the special blessing that
Tammy, Gayly, Dr. Bohman, Dr. Schooley, and Dr. Stringfield
have been in the care of Karly and us. We commend them all
for their love of life and wish upon them God's richest blessings.
We are grateful
that Karly was surrounded for her entire lifetime by family
and friends who loved her. We are grateful that Kadi and Ryan
saw their sister, that they knew her and will remember her.
And we are thankful that when Karly passed, she passed quietly
and peacefully into the arms of our Lord.