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Ignacio was a co-worker of mine who worked in the graphics/records departments. He was a robust guy who always smiled, and when I was pregnant he told me how much fun kids were and how he loved them. It’s somewhat rare nowadays to hear a father describe his passion for his children, so Ignacio’s words made quite an impression on me.

For that reason I was so shocked to hear of his sudden passing last Monday morning. It was announced via email to our whole office. No one seemed to have any details of what happened, and I wondered how his three kids would fare now. His funeral was held today and was well attended. I asked a colleague who attended if he knew what happened to Ignacio. What I heard made my hair stand on end–apparently Ignacio was the victim of medical malpractice. He should have survived his surgery just fine, but instead, complications developed due to someone’s negligence. I wouldn’t be surprised if his family were to sue the hospital. It was all so sad and unnecessary.

The Lord says that we are to look after orphans and widows. Ignacio is my second co-worker who died this summer and left a widow and young children behind. I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers.

Meanwhile, Ignacio, you will be missed.

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I found out the hard way that I didn’t have to go to work today, because my company gave us the day off. I went into the office and wondered why no one was there, and it slowly dawned on me that perhaps I didn’t need to be there at all. I had been inspired to get there exactly on time (which I did), so this made it even more ridiculous.

But it wasn’t all a loss, because I met a co-worker that I barely knew. She was the only other person in the office, and we struck up a friendly conversation. During the course of our discussion, from her came an inspirational story of how an Asian single mother (she fled an abusive husband) of three managed to start a side business that allowed her to put her three sons through college, and to buy land and build a house and pay it off in less than five years. What a story! She was almost too modest about her accomplishments, citing them as necessary to help her and her family survive. She also gave God the credit for it, too. I will post her story in my next blog post (after she gives her consent), because I think it deserves to be told.