Ellen’s Story

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Journal entry by Ellen Cochran

Dearest family and friends --

Our Ellen Ruth Gosselink Cochran, faithful follower of Jesus, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, friend, violinist, student and teacher, agate hunter, world traveler, and lover of life, died today at 12:35 p.m. My dad, Julie and I were with her and blessed her last moments holding her hands and reciting the Lord's Prayer. Fittingly, a Bach Partita was playing in the background. 

My dad was reading Psalm 143 from The Message immediately before she started her final passage. These  verses stood out to him and he wanted to share them with you:

Listen to this prayer of mine, God; pay attention to what I'm asking. Answer me -- you're famous for your answers.

If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice, I'll go to sleep each night trusting in You. 
Point out the road I must travel. Lead me by your blessed Spirit into cleared and level pastureland. 

There aren't words for this experience. Nor are there words that adequately express how your love and kindness have supported the four of us and our families. Without knowing it, you have been clearing and leveling the way. 

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