A Prayer for Steve de Gruchy by Suellen Shay

A Prayer for Steve de Gruchy by Suellen Shay

As the Mooi River flows,
So too flows our grief,
So too flows our anger, our disappointment.
We willed the strength of human nature to triumph over the natural forces.
We prayed for a miracle, for you, O God, to intervene.
But it was not to be.
And so our grief will flow,
Like tributaries joining the great river of human sorrow,
A river so deep and turbulent on this African continent.
The tears of fathers & mothers, sisters & brothers, wives & children
Spilling forth on the banks of tragedy,
Comforted only by those who have shared in their grief.

 The prophet of Allah says that life is a blink of an eye.
And so we come to this memorial, to this moment,
We come to this particular place which was so formative in Steve’s life,
To celebrate life,
To celebrate Steve’s life.
We know that the river of Steve’s life will continue to flow.
As water sustains all living things,
So to the memory of Steve will sustain us all.
And inspired by his life,
We commit this memorial and our lives to all that Steve lived for.
All Praise be to you, the River of Life!
Flow over, in and through us.

Amen.