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.
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.