During the months following the tragedy Monica spent time with family at their beach house. She was dreadfully lonely and she longed for companionship.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.
In God's perfect timing, Rob from Canada went to Brazil for a one month vacation. Spending time on the same beach they found friendship and companionship. Family could not help but smother her with love and concern, and there by constantly reminding her of her loss. Rob was there . ..quiet when she needed silence . . . funny when she needed to smile . . . and easy going when she needed to vent. Willing to talk or not talk, whatever her emotions required he became something more than just a friend.Rob came back to Canada and Monica went to Germany to visit family. Staying in Brazil was difficult with too many memories and too much sadness. How could she begin to heal when no one could ever forget a tragedy so enormous, it forced her into celebrity status in a very sad way.
You welcome me as a guest,
annointing my head with oil.
During their time apart, it became apparent that love had taken root in Monica's heart once again. She often fondly speaks of "my Rob" and it makes me smile, since she also smiles. Perhaps there is some truth in the fact that unless you feel pain you can not truly know joy. In time, Monica came to Canada and Rob did to her heart what she never had imagined could happen again.
On a cloudy October day, they were married on a cruise in the Vancouver harbour. Family and friends from Brazil and Canada came to bless the happy couple and everyone rejoiced in Monica's smiling face.
The minister prayed a prayer of blessing over them and the clouds opened up and the sun shone down.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and i will live in the house of the Lord forever.
It is "this" Rob and Monica that Terry and I have been blessed to know. After her telling the story, I couldn't help but notice how they looked at one another with love that radiates with peace and contentment.
They are a family the two of them. Monica has children . . .just not on this earth. I have noticed that she never begrudges another new baby for a friend. Monica has children, and she knows that she will see them again.
Monica has been blessed with a healed heart. She can speak of the tragedy with an assurance of hope. She knows that her Heavenly Father also knows the pain that she has experienced.
She loves "her Rob" of that we are certain. He fills her "love bank" as only he can. He makes her laugh and he expresses his love for her in special and wonderful ways. They are an example to all that know them of the hope that is a gift to each of us who accepts it.
Jesus gave us the gift of eternal life to all who will accept it. He can make our heart clean and live within us . . . just as Monica sang to Juliana that sad day.
Jesus can fill us with a hope so vast that it is able to overcome the darkest dark our life can ever imagine.
It is Rob and Monica's hope that their life testimony can help others. Every day she has sat down to read what you the readers have commented. It has been so special to her. Thank you for your care.