Friday evening, Sept 5, 2008
our baby passed through to eternity.
The peace of God was so surrounding
and His grace was undeniably with us.
We named her Jinja which means "rock"
and Rosemary which stands for "remembrance".
We made a memorial jar... wrapped our child in a beautiful watercolor silk made by our dear friend Kirsten... filled the jar with rocks and rosemary and olive oil, flowers, and notes and prayers, and beautiful things... We took a small boat out onto Lake Victoria to the place where the Nile River begins. It is called the Source of the Nile and there are large rocks there. We put the jar into the Source and floated colorful roses on the water. On our way home, we enjoyed Coca-Colas and a cigar we bought on the night we conceived little Jinja. We looked up and saw two rainbows in the sky. It was beautiful. We felt God's peace and God's promises surrounding us. The driver of our boat was named "Emmanuel".
Thank you to all who have been praying and know that we can feel the love and are looking forward to what God has for us in the future. We are full of joy and hope!
Love to all!
Jinja Rosemary Tharpe
You are our Rock of Remembrance
In you we know the faithfulness of God
You are the growing in rocky times
You are the evidence of beauty in pain
Your life is the promise of things to come
Our hearts are full to have carried you for a time
Your purpose goes on and will stay with us
We celebrate you as we sow this seed
Be fruitful, Baby! And drink from the Source
Your life flows forever, wrapped up in mystery
Emmanuel is steering our boat... "God with us..."
We saw two rainbows in the sky...
And I held two roses in my hand.