I don’t know what to say.

November 8, 2017


Samith’s brother passed away yesterday. Sujay was a good friend to Lloyd, Brad and Beth and I knew him, too – just not as closely. He had a kind heart and was loved by many, but his life was also hard in many ways. Lately he had been dealing with some health issues, so while I am glad that he is resting with Jesus, it’s just very strange.

I am so sorry for Samith and Stephannie and their family for what they are going through. There are probably better things to say, but I don’t know what they are. I am an outsider in this grief, but I am still sad.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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10 Responses to “I don’t know what to say.”

  1. Deborah Said on:

    Praying for comfort and peace.


  2. Peggy Said on:

    So sorry to hear this. Samith, you are in my thoughts & prayers.


  3. Karla Said on:

    My family became his family when he came to St. Pauls as a freshman in high school He was the brown sheep in my family; we loved to introduce each other to people as brother and sister. People would study us, looking for the non-existent family resemblance and we would sit and giggle like mad fools. When it became obvious that he wouldn’t be able to make the original date for our wedding (because Samith and Stephannie picked the same date), I moved my wedding date so that he could be there. I wasn’t about to get married without my brother.


  4. Lauren's dad Said on:

    I want this sung at my funeral.

    In You Is Gladness
    By: Johann Lindemann

    In you is gladness
    Amid all sadness,
    Jesus sunshine of my heart.
    By you are given
    The gifts of heaven,
    You the true Redeemer are.
    Our souls are waking;
    Our bonds are breaking.
    Who trust you surely
    Has built securely
    And stands forever.
    Our hearts are pining
    To see your shining,
    Dying or living
    To you are cleaving
    Now and forever.

    If he is ours,
    We fear no powers,
    Not of earth or sin or death.
    He sees and blesses
    In worst distresses;
    He can change them with a breath.
    Wherefore the story
    Tell of his glory
    With hearts and voices;
    All heaven rejoices
    In him forever.
    We shout for gladness,
    Win over sadness,
    Love him and praise him
    And still shall raise him
    Glad hymns forever.

    Hymn # 442
    Lutheran Worship
    Author: Giwvanni Glacomo Gastoldi
    Tune: In Dir Ist Freude
    1st Published in: 1858


  5. Brad Said on:

    I’ve been at a loss for words too. I’m praying a lot. I’m so glad he knows Jesus.


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