Losing Sara

On Saturday evening the blogging world lost a beautiful person. Sara Frankl had been confined to her house for several years, with a progressive autoimmune disease called ankylosing spondylitis. It’s a disease that usually begins by attacking the joints, and for Sara, began in her spine. Over fourteen years it caused her excruciating pain, digestive problems, bouts with iritis, breathing issues, and exhaustion. She also had leucopenia and because of the low white cell count had to protect her health by living much of her final years in relative isolation.

But Sara didn’t complain. On her blog she said, “I’m just a girl who used to write for a magazine to make a living, and now writes a blog to make a life. Extremely blessed, well-loved and choosing joy while learning that homebound doesn’t limit your life, just your location.”

She encouraged others, shared her faith, and looked forward to resting in the arms of her heavenly father. She chose joy. She modeled that joy to all her cyber friends. She leaves the fragrance of her joy behind.

Today, Wednesday, a funeral service is being held for Sara at 1:30 p.m. Central Time at St. Cecilia’s Church in Algona, IA. Take a moment at that time to rejoice and give thanks for a life well lived. There will also be a memorial service tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Cedar Falls, IA.

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UPDATE:

Obituary link.

Here’s a link to the site where the service will be live-streamed at 1:30 p.m. CT today. The link will be found “at the bottom of the page, beneath Live Video from SCCS Sports.”

And here’s a link to a newspaper article about Sara.

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7 thoughts on “Losing Sara

  1. Judith Robl says:

    Rejoicing for Sara and grieving with her family and friends. She was and is a treasure lent to us by her heavenly Father.

  2. Katt says:

    This post makes me sad that I didn’t know this angel. Heaven is truly rejoicing now, she’s home.
    Thank you for this post. I will be praying for her family and friends.

  3. I’m so sorry for your loss, Carol. Sara sounds like a beautiful person. She touched your life and you were able to share that with us. Thank you. May Sara know only pure joy now in God’s arms.

  4. Shari Green says:

    How beautiful to choose joy in the midst of pain and challenges. Sad to hear that she’s gone now. Praise God that for Sara “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain….”

  5. Darlene says:

    Thanks for sharing Carol. Sara sounds like a special person. The world needs more people like her. I am inspired just by reading about her. Blessings to you and her family.

  6. “I’m just a girl who used to write for a magazine to make a living, and now writes a blog to make a life. Extremely blessed, well-loved and choosing joy while learning that homebound doesn’t limit your life, just your location.”….
    Wow, that just made all my problems seem so trivial. How wonderful that someone can overlook their own pain to inspire others. I believe there’s a special place in heaven for those.
    I only live a couple hours away from Algona. I wish now that I’d had the good fortune to meet her. I’m sorry for your loss, Carol. I can tell from your words that she meant a lot to you.

  7. I appreciate all your comments today. As Shari says, it’s a blessing that Sara has moved beyond the pain of her earthly life, and I think those who are grieving her passing realize it is really their own loss that distresses them.

    Beyond the blogging connection, I didn’t know Sara personally so my relationship was one shared by hundreds of others who visited her blog. It was her spirit of joy and her “it’s not about me” attitude that touched so many. I hope some of you will take time to visit her blog and read back into the posts to share some of the encouragement she shared with her readers.

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