Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 10, 2014

‘Two angels never forgotten’

Community comes out to remember lives of young girls

BRUSHFORK — On Sunday night, the Deliverance Temple church was the center of the universe in terms of prayers for a family and a community that are still in mourning over the loss of two young souls — Madison, 4, and her 19-month-old sister, Daralynn — who died Wednesday in a three-vehicle wreck on U.S. Route 52 in front of the church.

“I can’t give you strength, but I know the one who can,” Pastor Dave Kirby said to the large congregation that gathered for the service. “I’m here to lift up the one — my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Several family members of the two children attended the service as well as the firefighters from the Bluewell Volunteer Fire Department, paramedics from the Bluefield Rescue Squad, one of the drivers who was involved in the crash, and a church filled with community members — all of whom lifted up the memories of the “two precious angels.”

“Mr. Brown, I’m honored that you are here tonight,” Kirby said. “I can’t imagine what you have been going through. I’m here to lift you up in prayer.

“Family, I know you are hurting, but I know that heaven got two angels Wednesday night — Madison and Daralynn,” Kirby said. “What this world has lost, heaven has gained,” he said. After he said he never questions his Lord and Savior he thought about the things that sadden the community, he said: “Can you imagine what heaven’s going to be like when these children enter in?”

Kirby read several verses from scripture, choking up as he read Psalms 30:5 “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning;” and finding comfort in Ecclesiastes 3:1; “To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven,” as well as Matthew 6:10, “Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

“Remember the smiles on these children’s’ faces,” he said. “Sometimes we wonder where our strength comes from. It comes from our Creator. We appreciate this day,” Kirby said as he became emotional as he pointed to the photographs of the two girls who died in the crash. “We’ll continue to pray for every one of you,” he said. “May God give you peace. All things are possible through Christ. The only real peace you’ll ever find is through Jesus.”

Kirby read a poem that his wife, Margaret Kirby, wrote for the service titled, “Two Angels Never Forgotten,” and church pianist/musical director Ann Neece, led the choir and congregation in the singing of a children’s hymn, “Jesus Loves Me.” The congregation stood as they sang.

Family members were first to approach the altar, light candles and place them in a bed of sand in front of the images of the two young girls. Kirby then invited the firefighters, nurses and paramedics, as well as others involved in the crash along with family members.

Tears fell as family members comforted each other with embraces while church soloist Steve Kosinar sang the popular Christian song: “I Can Only Imagine.”

“I wanted to do this for so long,” Kirby said to the emergency responders. “I stood by that fence and watched you work and I thought that we don’t recognize what you do enough. I thank you so much.”

The congregation filed forward, lighting candles in memory of the two children. The church was aglow as the candles flickered in unison.

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