In Memory of Kristin Kay Smith, 10/1/1986 – 12/29/2000

Just a reflection…. (Original poster: Francine Starke) December 19, 2002

Filed under: The forum from the old website — Taryn @ 5:54 am

I have to admit, I’ve never posted on this site before. In fact, I’ve only been a member for ten minutes. But I’ve been thinking about Krissy a lot lately, and I guess I just wanted to reflect a little.

I’ve gone through a tragedy in my own life recently, which has caused me to question many things. Among these questions was that of why God does the things He does, including taking Krissy from us. I thought of what she would have done if she were here; how she would have helped me, but I didn’t have to think hard. I knew. Krissy would have hugged me and told me she was there for me and been the best friend she could have been. She would taken me out to the movies or for ice cream when I was feeling low, and done the best she could to cheer me up. That was the type of person she was. She was a caring person, an honest person, and a loving person – all the ingredients needed for a true friend, the kind everyone needs and a lucky few have. That was the type of person Krissy was…

…she truely touched my life.


2 Responses to “Just a reflection…. (Original poster: Francine Starke)”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    A response to a reflection (Original poster: Rich Wiersma)Francine, you ask valid and important questions that have been asked by millions of people throughout history. From studying my Bible, here are some conclusions that I have reached that make sense and bring some comfort to me. When feeling a significant loss such as my niece, or even minor adversity which makes me doubt God’s lovingkindness, I have to remember that God did not create a world of pain, sadness, or loss. No, instead God, moved by His great love for mankind, created a world that was absolutely perfect. It was called the Garden of Eden. It featured abundant food, perfect climate control, plenty of leisure time because there was no need to work, no injury or illness, or suffering, or death, etc. However, the Bible records that man abused his free will by purposely violating God’s law. This disobedience resulted in all kinds of havoc being wreaked on earth. Things such as illness, death, pain, and loss now entered the world as a consequence of that sin. In addition, God’s archenemy, Satan, was given temporary dominion over the Earth. He continues to delight in our pain and sadness, and indeed is ultimately responsible for it. The Bible, in the Book of James, indicates that “Every good thing comes from God.” I believe that with all my heart, and know that God, if given the opportunity, will make all things good in the end; although for a little while, we may experience loss and separation.So, in summary, I do not believe that God killed Kristin, or anyone else. He allows natural and sometimes unnatural processes that entered the world through the original sin, and since perpetrated by all of us, to run their course. Kristin has already experienced the curse of human death that all of us will some day experience. Part of me, oftentimes a very large part of me, selfishly wishes she were still here. But I know that God does things only out of perfect love, and that His timing is perfect, even if I am unable to understand that timing, or oppose His timing. I am just so thankful that Kristin took the time to spiritually prepare herself for the curse of death, and because of that, she lives today in heavenly splendor, beauty, joy, love, and adoration. Sincerely, Uncle Rich

  2. Anonymous Says:

    God bless you, (Original poster: Virginia Wiersma)I was really touched by your thoughtful words. The question you posed, “Why did God take Kristin from us,” has been on my mind constantly, so it was powerful to see it written here.I’m not sure where you fit in Kristin’s life, whether from school or Kids Unlimited, but your assessment of what she would do to comfort you is so accurate. It is only by picturing her with smiling face, waiting at Heaven’s Gates to welcome me, do I get through many days.Something I read recently, written by a friend, may give some insight into the why’s of life: “…adversity, wisely used, builds character and strengthens faith.”I can speak truthfully for myself that my faith has been strengthened as I have seen the impact that Kristin made on so many lives in her short time on earth. Also, as I have seen God’s faithfulness to our family in this valley of life.Thank you for your loving words of Kristin, it means so much to us.Kristin’s Grandma Virginia

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