Friday, January 3, 2014

Videos from the service

Madeleine’s Blog

January 3, 2014
So do not fear, for I am with you
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you and help you
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
Isaiah 41:10

Thank you so much for joining with us to remember Madeleine, and to offer your support. We went away from the memorial service encouraged, and so grateful for all of you and your expressions of love and care.

We have heard from several people who were unable to be there, and also from many who would like to see some part of the service again. The following videos are from the service, in order, along with a description. You may click on any of the pictures to play the associated video.

Welcome & Eulogy
Right from the beginning of the service, we heard that this time was to be a celebration of Madeleine's life, and the effect of her life on all of us. Pastor Adam Peacocke shared the story of her life, as well as perspective on these past few years.

Graduation speech
We heard Madeleine's 2012 Montgomery High School graduation speech, where she spoke about overcoming challenges saying, "We don't know fully what the road ahead will bring us. And we won't really know what we have inside, until we hit challenges or roadblocks in our lives..."
Video Slideshow
A video slideshow (set to music) with pictures of Madeleine all through the years - celebrating her life, as well as highlights from her activities, and time with family and friends.


Sharing from Friends & Family

Sharing from Kathy Pither (teacher), Mark Stanley (coach), Griffin Mitchell (friend), and from her parents, David and Deanne Bonta.

Memory Cards
Cards with memories of Madeleine (and encouragement for her family) were brought up to the front and placed in one of Madeleine's favorite purses. The moving response from those gathered built as the songs "Blessings" (Laura Story) and "For a Dancer" (Jackson Browne) were played.

Comments of Hope

Closing comments and perspective by pastor Jeff Johnson.

Thank you again for joining with us. It was deeply moving to be with so many people who have walked alongside us over the years. We appreciate your prayers and encouragement as we begin this new year, and new season.


Anonymous said...

I am inspired every day that I go to work as I remember Madeleine and the privilege it was to care for her. Madeleine, Deanne, and David left a lasting impact on others during her stay at NIH. Other patients gained strength from her courage and love for life. Patients continue to ask about her and remember your family's unselfish acts of kindness and support to them during their battle against illness. I will remember Madeleine for the rest of my time here on earth knowing her spirit lives on with our Lord.

Anonymous said...

Forgot to leave my name-
Donna J. McCoy, 3NW (NIH) nurse