Tuesday, December 01, 2015

The Impact of Love

There are people who God places in our lives that leave such a lasting imprint. It is almost impossible to remember a time when you did not know that individual. Their light seems to always shine a little bit brighter than the rest of our lights. And my friends, today that light is a little bit dimmer. My dear friend Laura completed her baptismal journey yesterday and is now reunited with her beloved, Rod.

When I started at Wartburg Seminary, Laura was one of the first people that I met and was one of the most welcoming people I have ever met. In addition, her smile always lit up a room. She loved well and she loved deep! I am reminded of a story my friend Sandi shared about when her and her family moved onto the campus at Wartburg. Laura showed up with toilet paper and lemonade: perfect gifts for moving into a new home on a hot summer day. Love can be so very simple, like through fresh squeezed lemonade, and Laura was the absolute best at showing that love!

Laura also always exuded joy. Some of my favorite memories were watching Laura and a few of our other friends (Sally, Sandy, etc) cheer on our "Running Reformers" city league basketball team. Those cheers always brought a smile to my face. Laura was all about the hokey pokey. In fact, every time I hear it now I will smile and think of this beloved friend. "Because that's what it's all about!"

A few years ago, our friend Julia ran in honor of Laura and sarcoma research during the Fargo Marathon. Now I am no runner, but I was so delighted to stand on the sidelines donning my "Team Koppy" t-shirt and cheering on Julia and Laura.


Laura is a soul who touched many lives especially her beloved daughters. Today, Laura is free of all that ails her. And I reluctantly put down her mat at Jesus' feet, but I put it down knowing she is free of pain and reunited with her dearly beloved husband, Rod. I also am reminded of Laura's own wise pastoral words that are bringing me some comfort today: "Be patient with yourselves while you are grieving and tell the people you love that you love them and know that you are loved."

So now as I lay down my mat, I see all the others around me reluctantly laying down their mats too. Laura touched more lives than I think she will ever know or could imagine. The impact of love for Laura is seen in the tears, Facebook posts, and sighs too deep for words that express the impact of love she has had on each and every one of us.

Laura, my friend, you are so dearly loved! 

12 comments:

  1. so beautiful! this brings me to tears ❤ ❤ I'm trying specifically to write about C's final journey home to Jesus and to rejoin her parents for tomorrow's Letters to Grief. At the reception after her funeral during spring 2014, her baptismal certificate was at the very top of the display of Claudiana ;)

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    1. Thank You! I just read your Letters to Grief post. Great post friend!

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  2. Tara, a more beautiful tribute could not have been written for your friend Laura. (((xo)))

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    1. Thanks Tami! And thanks for sharing it!

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  4. A beautiful tribute to a much-loved friend. Goodbyes like that are so, so hard.

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    1. Rachel, Thank You! Goodbyes like this are so so hard!

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  5. Your heart of love is beautiful.

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  6. What love and honor you pour out here, my friend! Praying for you and for Laura's girls!

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    1. Thanks friend! One of my fave comments was a post on my FB share of a classmate of Laura's who simply said, "Thank You for writing this, Tara. A beautiful tribute," Those words were enough! Thanks for the prayers for me and for Laura's girls!

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