Lord, have mercy...May her memory be eternal.
I only knew her indirectly from her forum posts but nevertheless sensed a very gentle and compassionate spirit about her.
I greatly sympathised with her openly expressed ardent longing for a loving husband and as sorry as I feel about her departure cannot help but smile at the thought that she is now with the Divine Bridegroom Who embraces her with infinitely more love than she could ever have imagined possible from any bridegroom of this world. Again, as tragic as this situation is, I cannot help but praise God for His Wisdom. I must admit that in my few prayers for Martha while she was still with us on this earth, I often wondered why God would not grant her this one desire that meant so much to her. She seemed a genuinely righteous soul with good intentions, and I knew at the same time that she was suffering from a serious illness; to me it only made sense that God might relieve and delight her hurting soul by fulfilling this one heart's desire of hers. God, Who accords everything its own time and season according to His own purpose, did not deem it appropriate to permit a situation in which she would leave this temporal world with a grieving young family behind, and I'm sure that Martha, given her compassion, would not have wanted that either.
I do not intend in any way to detract from the tragedy of her loss, but even from the very little I knew of her from her forum posts alone, her life and departure seem to whisper some simple morals that we all grapple with in our own life struggles: "Trust in God; lean not on your own understanding; be anxious for nothing; seek His Kingdom alone."