I am now praying the Psalter with increased fervour, for Hamada, who died peacefully yesterday afternoon, and for his wife Susie and their family.
Hamada's brave battle against the vile rare cancer of Multiple Myeloma has been a long one, and has been chronicled by Susie with such love, devotion and care at her blog .
I only "met" Susie just over a year ago, but she and Hamada have been such a source of inspiration to me as well as to so many other people. She writes about the difficult challenges life has thrown at them with great grace, humour and dignity, and writes wonderful poems about the deep and enduring love she and Hamada have for each other.
My heart goes out to her and her family as they mourn the passing of Hamada into eternal Life and they face the start of a new life here on earth without his physical presence.
Rest eternal grant unto Hamada, O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon him. May he rest in peace and may his memory be eternal .....