Monday, September 12, 2011

Our Community Mourns

We are grieving the loss of a camper, twelve year old Jack Donaldson, who was killed in flash flooding in Virginia on Thursday. He had just started seventh grade.

It's hard to find words at a time like this.  Please join us in prayer for comfort and peace for his family, classmates, and community.

Lamb of God
You take away the sins of the world
Have mercy on us.
Grant us peace.

For the toil of our sinful world,
We plead for remission.
For the absence from our beloved,
We plead for your comfort.
For the presence of death in your Creation,
We plead for the resurrection.

Lamb of God
You take away the sins of the world
Have mercy on us.
Grant us peace.

His obituary appeared in the Washington Post:
Of Vienna, VA; passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2011. Beloved son of Timothy Donaldson and Anna C. Whiston-Donaldson; brother of Margaret Donaldson; grandson of Robert and Mary Donaldson, David and Julie Whiston and great-grandparents Charles and June Whiston. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandmother Margaret Whiston. Jack loved God, LEGOS, baseball, acting, playing with friends, making people laugh and being with his family. 
Memorial Services will be held at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park Street, NE, Vienna, VA 22180 on Monday, September 12, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone NC 28607. Please view and sign the family guestbook at:

Flooding Claims Four Lives in D.C. Area

1 comment:

John R Dallas Jr said...

In honor of the eternal life of Jack Donaldson, I offer for family, friends, and fellow former campers, staff and counselors this excerpt from a longer Scottish prayer poem that always reminds me of my many years loving God's Ligonier Camp and Conference Center:

“Deep peace of the running wave to you. Deep peace of the flowing air to you. Deep peace of the quiet earth to you. Deep peace of the shining stars to you. Deep peace of the gentle night to you. Moon and stars pour their healing light on you.

Deep peace of Christ, the light of the world to you. Deep peace of Christ to you.”

—Fiona Macleod
The Dominion of Dreams Under a Dark Star (1895)