“Abide with me ;fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me”
A heart warming experience I felt today when I attend for the first time a memorial service to a former colleagues of mine at the Michael Fowler Centre, Chrisjan Jordaan, one of the victims of Carterton’s hot air balloon crash.
Since, it was my first time I though the memorial service will focus on the tragedy. But, as Arise Church Pastor John Cameron said the service is a celebration of his life.
The Service started as Mr. Cameron welcomes the families of the victim, Mayor of Carterton Ron Mark, the New Zealand Police, friends and colleagues and a simple prayer.
After that, two hymns were sung by Arise church band: “Abide in Me” and “How great Thou Art”. While, this song was playing I felt the presence of God and I looked around some guest are starting to cry.
The Peacemaker, this was Mr. Ben Carroll described Chrisjan in his Eulogy and had a passion for rugby, friendly and always trying to help others.
I met Chrisjan and eventually work with him in Bolton Hotel in 2011, while his doing his nursing study at Massey University.
I was shocked and sad when I heard the news that Chrisjan is one of the victims of Hot Air balloon crash with girlfriend Alexis Still.
For me, Chrisjan is a quite guy and he always makes people smiles. Thank you for the wonderful memories and will forever remember you.
As you favorite song says:
“Jesus nothing compares to this grace that rescued me Saviour now and forever, your face is all I seek. Now All I am , I lay at your fee, I’m humbled by the wonder of Your majesty One thing I know, I find all I need in Your unending love”