Pain and Suffering

The following was written by Dan and Theresa Legere. Gracie, their daughter, is the little girl who was killed in the horse-drawn buggy accident last week in Buckfield. Please continue to pray for the family and friends.

Dear church family at EABC,

I wanted to take a moment to express our appreciation for the thoughts and prayers of everyone. Words are not really enough. We are beginning to understand what a tremendous effort of prayer and support that rose up while the events of this past week developed. We cannot hide our grief and do not pretend to be strong. This is far worse a pain than we could ever imagine.

Grace was a gift from God. She was a great kid who overcame tremendous adversity in her little life. She came to America sputtering a different language and learned English quite proficiently. She could have had a myriad of problems related to her abandonment and orphan beginning but she talked openly about loving her mom and dad, her sisters, animals and her home. She was sweet, innocent and an advocate for the downcast. She had her own little social conscience that now inspires us. We were blessed to have her for the 5 1/2 years that we were together. It is truly is better to love and lost than to never have loved at all…We would not give away this pain in exchange for never having her…

Most of you know that “the girls” were adopted from Romania after we fell in love with them on a short term mission trip. Most do not know what a miracle it was that they ever crossed the Atlantic to become our daughters. They were last of several hundred kids to escape a life of abandonment to find a home of love and care. When we weep now we weep only because God gave us the opportunity to love her in the first place. We might have never had the opportunity had it not been for our miracle.

We will see another set of miracles from Gracie’s death. She knew her Savior and loved him with the innocence and security of a little child. She had a notebook that she kept her “favorite things in” I had given her a new one a month ago that was a larger 3 ring type. As we were looking through it became clear that God had provided her with a message for us to find after her death. Her pages included pictures of horses, adds for horse supplies, list to make sure she would remember what chores she had to do so that she could go work with the horses, drawings of horses….you get the point.

These verses point to her favorites things in the bible..

  • “But God demonstrated His love for us in this: while we were still sinners Christ died for us” Romans 5:8
  • “It is true! the Lord has risen” Luke 24:34b    
  • “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

There was also messages to her family. The messages said, “to my favorite family” followed by “to my favorite Dad”, “to my favorite Mom”, “to my favorite Sarah”, to my favorite Dee Dee” and “to my favorite Aunt Jen”. It was covered in hearts and she signed each line with the date as if to affirm the statements were hers and was true.

I guess that I needed to write something to you to acknowledge that we are beginning to understand your love to us. This is of utmost importance. This is the difference that Jesus makes in our lives. This is the overflow of a God who sent his son knowing that there would be terrible pain and suffering on him. God took Gracie home to Jesus and she suffered not.

There was no pain or agony. His mercy was upon her even in death. Please do not forgot the Cross of Jesus or the message of the gospel…We love all of you…

Dee Dee is doing well for a kid who lost her sister and had brain surgery. She is a tough kid and I am thankful that I am not mourning her loss as well. Pray for healing and protection from infection. Pray for her physical pain would be resolved.

  • Pray for little Sarah. She has been a light of grace and a demonstration of God’s mercy in the way that she is coping and dealing with the loss of her sister.
  • Pray for Teresa and I as we try to figure how to go on. We know we have much to live for and will focus our time and energy on Sarah and Dee for quite awhile. We believe in the work of the church and trust that God will keep those things going that He has shown us to be of importance.
  • Pray for Phil as we love him dearly and are worried about him. Pray for healing of both his body and his mind.
  • Pray for the driver as this is a terrible tragedy for him and no one should have to carry the burden of this type of accident.
  • Pray for the first responders to the scene as horrific sights and sounds are hard to bear especially when a child is involved.
  • Pray for my friends and colleagues at CMMC. I know that they did everything that they could and tried their best. Teresa and I were with her and observed the incredible intenseness of their efforts, the compassion of the work and the sadness that they shared with us. I knew that when Gracie arrived that she was already with Jesus…they gave us the chance to ensure that everything had been done and allowed us to say goodbye.
  • Pray for the children who were friends of Grace. This is the area where we struggle the most. Why did these little children have to lose a friend and experience the pain of death during such innocence…only God knows

In closing, please ponder the verse that God gave me over the past 2-3 years that is my verse…Micah 6:8, it is this simple…do the right thing, choose love above all and seek the way of God at all times…even these times.

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Micah 6:8

With love,

Bill and Teresa

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