Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Angharad Clague

I got the devastating new tonight that Angharad Clague had been killed in a car crash. It's so hard to believe that she isn't with us any more - just writing this seems totally unreal.

Annie has been on the year team since last September working with our children. In that time we saw an incredible transformation in her life as God powerfully got hold of her - just take a look at this entry from her blog for a sense of how passionate for Him she'd become. I'm so proud to be able to say that I knew her and that she was a part of our community - I'm going to miss her immensely and I know many of you will too.

In moments like these we need to cling on to the promise of the gospel that "in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Rom 8:28). We know that Annie has gone to a better place, what Jesus described to the thief on the cross as paradise, and that because of that we don't "mourn as those who have no hope" but instead have great hope because of what Jesus achieved through his death and resurrection. Let's pray for Bill and Anne, Annie's parents, and for Annie's brothers that as they grieve they will know God's comfort and strength. Let's pray for our children, young people, and many others in our community who loved Annie so much - that they too will know God's comfort as they mourn the loss of a dear friend. And let's pray for good to come from this tragedy - that God will take this and use it for His glory.

I'm not going to talk about Reveal at tomorrow nights prayer meeting. Instead we're going to worship, share communion and pray about what has happened. Please can I encourage you to be there too, even if you didn't know Annie well, as we work our way through this as the family of God.

Simon.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your honest, wise words. Praying for you and the Leadership team as you lead us through this tough time.

Nick said...

She was so often the sparkle in the office! My prayers are with her family and her colleagues.
1Cor 6v17 - Annie is with him now

hoperevival said...

Praying for you all at this time. Lots of love Nigel & Emma

Anonymous said...

standing with you in prayer

Anonymous said...

All on FP/Impact in the South West are praying!

Anonymous said...

Phil 4:4-7 'Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.' Love & prayers to all concerned. Our hearts go out to you. May the Lord be glorified in this and those who mourn be comforted.

Anonymous said...

We at Rocknations are praying for Rory for the Clagues family and friends in this difficult season of life.

Much love and prayers

Steve Gambill

Anonymous said...

Even those who didn't know Annie are praying for her family at this tragic time. In the family of God news travels fast, we are with you all in prayer. God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know you Annie...I wish I had now reading your wonderful posts. I only know you through my daughter who has been going to Life for a couple of years now and who tells me that you helped her through a difficult patch recently... for which I will always be grateful...that she was able to find love and inspiration from you and importantly, through the Gospel. You are an angel in heaven now, guiding us all, because of your influence on earth.

Anonymous said...

A beautiful person has been taken, I'm sure Angharad will watch over just as many from where she is now as when she was with us. I only knew Angharad briefly, but I'm glad I had the privilege to meet such a wonderful person. My thought are with Anne, Bill and their family and all those who had Angharad close in their hearts.