12.02.2008

Fragile Life

I generally don't read a whole lot of human interest stories that appear in the Dallas Morning News, but over the weekend I couldn't help but read the one associated with the above photo. The first two paragraphs had me hooked.

A collective “Why her, Lord?” shuddered through the ranks of North Texas United Methodists late last week.

Word arrived that the Rev. Kathleen Baskin-Ball, an admired, beloved leader among United Methodist pastors — and mother of a 4-year-old boy — would enter hospice care after a nearly two-year fight with cancer.

To "enter hospice care" was code for "she is in her last days." Any story that involves the death of a 50 year old is going to stop me in my tracks --especially one involving what appears to be a wonderful person. I'll admit to tearing up a bit while I read the story.

That emotion changed to shock about five minutes ago when this headline hit the DMN web site: "Beloved Allen pastor Kathleen Baskin-Ball, 50, dies of cancer."

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Even still, Brittney is smokin hot.

Anonymous said...

Barry, thanks for sharing this news. I didn't know Kathleen had passed. She was a great Pastor and at one time was a staff member at First UMC Denton.

This is a great loss.

Anonymous said...

I HATE CANCER!

Anonymous said...

You have to feel bad inside for any 4 year old that loses thier mother. Sorry to here of that families loss.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE BRITTNEY!

Anonymous said...

That is just to sad. Thanks for that story.

Anonymous said...

cancer blows!!

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with her family.
I HATE CANCER ALSO..My brother has just found out he has a brain tumor, and has just started radiation. Thank God for the cancer center in Decatur.

Anonymous said...

Now I'm totally depressed.

Noevadeaux said...

And kudos to all hospice workers - they have one of the hardest jobs in the world. Every one of them I have encountered wouldn't have anything different, except maybe a cure for all the cancers there are, but then again, there are many other illnesses hospice workers deal with on a daily basis, and they all realize we are mere mortals.

We were fortunate enough to have had hospice for my Mom for two years - she got put on in-home hospice because everyone thought she would die in 6 months or less, and that was after having home health care for five years.

But all those wonderful hospice people perked her up, and kept filing all those papers with Medicare and the other insurance agency, to keep her under their care and at her home where she and all of us wanted her to be, not in a nursing home - that was a promise we made to her, and a promise I still have made to my father.

And then one day, a little over a year ago, Mom passed away. Just two weeks prior, the hospice folks told us it was going to happen because of their observances and knowledge.....I didn't want to believe it since Mom had already surpassed the time she was allotted by her doctors - we were all astounded she had lived as long as she had, already.

The dying part was quite painful, the two weeks it took for her to pass, I would not wish on anyone, but the hospice workers were here with us at least 6 hours a day until the end, and taught me so much about the death process.

The hospice workers helped us too (me and my husband and my Dad who were her primary care takers), with psychological counseling, spiritual counseling, and for my Mom, bathing and grooming, and pampering her as best they and we could. I will never forget those people - they are angels.

Aw shucks, I've made myself teary eyed - but I know my Mom is in a better place, and her end times were made much better for all of us to deal with because of the hospice folks.

My heartfelt sympathies go out to anyone with an ill, or especially terminally ill, family member or friend. Life typically sucks, and then you die, and there's not much any of us can do about it, except deal with it as best we can.

Me? I'm a charter member of the Hemlock Society.

Anonymous said...

Kinda sucks bein' a lady preacher. Don't suppose this could be a message from god? I've heard he works in mysterious ways.

Anonymous said...

Homosexality is a sin.
Murder is a sin.
Rape is a sin.
How do I know this? Well, the bible tells me so.

It also tells me that women should be silent during worship.

"women pastoring" is a sin.

Folks, you never know when a tank truck will end your life. You never know when that headache turns out to be a tumor. Cancer is a horrible, horrible thing.
Please read the bible and do the best you can with God has said.

I, too, am weaping.

Anonymous said...

I am always surprised when a Christian is sad that another Christian died. Would it not be a glorious moment, worthy of cheering and happy hoopla? Laughter, not tears? "Woo hoos" and not boo hoos? Or is it perhaps the clearest testimony of all that we really don't believe all that stuff about afterlife and heaven? Seems if we did, we would act much differently when these things happen.

Anonymous said...

6:03, If women are to be silent during worship then why do we allow them to sing during worship? Why do we allow them to teach classes for our children? Is this not worship also, for our children? Why do we allow them to do mission work with their husbands? Is it not worship when they're speaking to people in a foreign country about God? Does God not hear their prayers if they pray at Church? If I live in Africa and I am elderly and have heard about Christ and salvation for the first time and I decide to accept Christ as my savior and be baptized do I have to wait until a man shows up to baptize me in the river? And if I have to wait until the next day and while walking home I die, am I not saved because I was not baptized? Or, have we all decided as Christians, since we know Hebrew and Greek, we are correct in assuming our inturpretations of the Bible mean women are to only cook and prepare the meals for the "potlucks", take care of the Church Nursery on Sundays, prepare food for the sick, teach the toddler class and otherwise "zip-it". I believe there are instances in the Bible where women played a role in God's teachings, it just wasn't on a Sunday while they stood at a pulpit. For you to state what you have about this lady pastor is what gives Christians the "stink eye". I have no idea what was in this ladies heart. But I will assume she believed spreading God's word was her calling in life. How the Lord looks at is not up to me, or You. I hope you can find it in your heart to throw the hard core church crap out the door, study the bible for yourself, every verse, not just the one the preacher reads to you and see what the power of God and the love of Christ is truly all about. Assuming you are a Christian, you're comment was pathetic regardless of what you believe to be true, not true, or your belief in "Traditional" views. I realize the Bible talks about women being silent but let's read the full context because it also talks about not being a drunkard but it doesn't say, don't drink beer. It also talks about not being a gluton, well, what's the limit on that? An apology is due on your part. Have a good day and if you're not suffering from cancer, be thankful.

Anonymous said...

The battery in my SUV died.

Anonymous said...

"We all gotta die sometime Red" -SGT Barnes

Eric Folkerth said...

Thanks for posting about my friend, Kathleen. If you want to know more about her last days, and her life, feel free to read my blog about her here:

http://www.ericfolkerth.com/wheneftalks/files/inmemoryofkathleen.html

(or just click on the name in this comment...)