What Can We Do?

Sadness has come to our town again.  The untimely death of a young teen.  The family is well known and well loved… teachers and coaches… so admired by their students and friends.  Losing their child has touched us all, and the community has begun the outpouring of love – wonderfully typical of Portales.

Tonight “the town” will be gathering on the street in front of their home to sing to them.  ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘It Is Well With My Soul’.  Oh how those songs have carried us through.  How they have comforted me in times of distress.

Yet again, I just want to say how much I love this community… how very much I appreciate this heritage I’ve been handed.

When Nana had Alzheimer’s, one of her sisters passed away.  We didn’t know how she would respond to the news.  My uncle and I agreed that we would tell her together that morning over breakfast.  He would break the news, and I would be there to comfort her.  Well, she really didn’t seem to grasp it.  She did say “bless her heart”.  And then she said the very next thing that came to her mind.  “We need to make a cake.”  I assured her we would make a cake right after breakfast.

We didn’t make that cake.  There was no one to take it to.  And by the time our breakfast dishes were cleared, there was no recollection of the conversation.  But I was so touched by the thought.  This was who my grandmother was.  In times of grief, the immediate reaction was “what can we do?”

I am surrounded by people who react the same way.  Those people have come rushing to my side in times of crisis.  They’ve made cakes and sung songs and mailed cards.  Love is lavished upon people here.  Thank you Portales!


6 Responses to “What Can We Do?”

  1. Marcea Clive says:

    Portales. The best people in the world. May God bless and comfort the family.

  2. M. Sue Moore says:

    I am sorry for this tremendous loss, while thankful for the outpouring of support.
    Some of mr first thoughts in reading of the response of Portales come from Jesus’ teaching, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35 NASB)
    How wonderful to live in a city where Jesus’ words are more than words.
    M. Sue

  3. Nancy Gentry says:

    Sandy, you are such an inspiration to me. You love the things I love about this town and the things in life that are important. Thank you so much for sharing your stories. You are a very special person that I truly admire and you have touched my life with your writings and your attitude.

  4. Sandy says:

    Thank you Nancy. You’re one of the jewels in the Portales treasure chest!

  5. Paul says:

    such a beautiful thing during such a tragic time. I wish I could have been there, but I did pray around the time of the singing and even sang the first verse of both songs. Coach Chavez was a father figure to a lot of young boys who became great men. God bless them.

  6. Sandy says:

    I wasn’t able to be there either… but I know we were all there in heart and spirit. Everyone says it was a beautiful and special time.

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