"My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together." “When I hear people say politics and religion don't mix, I wonder what Bible they are reading.” (Archbishop Desmond Tutu)

"And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6.8

"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4.19

"Work out your salvation with fear and trembling." Philippians 2.12

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Goodbye David

It was with great sadness that I discovered this morning that David had died.

David was a pupil of mine and I taught him for his three years at the knowledge College. He had complex additional learning needs and life was not easy for him. In many respects he was a lucky boy though, because he was fostered by a lovely and loving family and he had a very sweet nature. I had grown very fond of him.

Some weeks ago David stepped out into traffic and was knocked down. He suffered devastating brain trauma. Initially we were told that he would spend up to two years in a special neurosergical ward and that he would never make a full recovery.

David had his sixteenth birthday in hospital.

A week ago he developed an infection and required further surgery. Then he was moved to a hospice.

He died yesterday afternoon.

I have been feeling very raw all day.

Please pray for David's foster parents and his younger brother Michael at this time.


  1. Prayers ascending for dear David, his foster parents and his younger brother Michael.

    Leonardo Ricardo

  2. Prayers indeed. A young life cut short is always a tragedy.

  3. May David rest in peace and rise in glory. May God give comfort, consolation, and the peace that passes understanding to David's foster family and to all who love him, including you, "Sir".

  4. How sad.

    Prayers rise for everyone, including you, Sir.

  5. That is really sad. Same as susan s. said, prayers for everyone, including you.

  6. Prayers from here. God bring comfort and hope to all of you.

  7. Oh, this is very sad.

    Sincere prayers for you all.

  8. Raw is the word when you lose one of them. I'm with you...

  9. Prayers for David, his family and friends including you. In 40 years of teaching adolescents, I found any death very hard to bear.