My grandmother, the Lord's servant Helen, fell asleep in the Lord this morning. She was 101 and one of the toughest yet refined people I have ever encountered--a true steel magnolia. I find it somewhat appropriate that her repose occurred on the Diamond Jubilee.
While I was unable to bring her into the Church, an icon of St. Helen guarded over her these last several days in hospice.
My thanks to all, and my deepest gratitude to those of you who have been praying for her these past weeks.