Arianna Kim Hamling left for heaven in March 2008, before even having a chance to take her first breath on this earth. We miss our dear daughter and sister tremendously. A few lines from a poem Arianna’s sister Mimi wrote to her says much of how we long for her:
- You filled every room with light
- Even though no one could see you
- You made my day when there were hard times
- And gave laughter to us all
- No matter where you are, I’ll always remember you.
Through this tragedy, though, the Lord has faithfully brought a life-changing hope to us all, as well as a fervent desire to keep Arianna’s memory alive – thus became The Arianna Foundation. While we continue to grieve for Arianna, we strive on with the hope of seeing her again in the light of God’s glory and the determination to share that hope with as many as we can.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)