And if the good Lord’s willin’…

How deep also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee. (Ps 139)

Demetrio died; a friend of ours and the director of Agape Centro Ecumenico left us. After a long period of uncertainness now we have the certainness we never wanted to have: He died in the night of the 13 of january 2017 with his family around him.

We will miss him. We have to confront the situation that he will not come back to Agape, that we are not going to see him again sitting in his office and that we will not be able to chat with him at the bar duringt the breaks. We will miss his presence, which often made us feel less heavy our daily problems. We will miss his humor, his jokes and his smile. We will miss the calm he spread around, and we will miss his protectiveness. We all, the management, the Resident Group and all the Agape comunity, will miss him.

And if the Good Lord’s willin’… In all these month of his illness, the medical treatments and the bad news, Demetrio had the confidence in the will of the Lord. He was a a passionate reader of the psalms, and he carried until the end the statement of them: to accept God’s will, as unvisible and as uncomprehensible it may seem.

And if the Good Lord’s willin’… – this was Demetrio’s way of expressing his confidence: But I trusted in thee, O lord: I said, Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand. (Ps 31) We cannot understand the ways of the Lord, it is beyond our possibilities and claim. This cannot comfort us, but we do not have another choice but accepting the fact that it is not our claim. But we can feel comforted by the confidence Demetrio had, not my will, but thine, be done. (Lk 22,42)

And if the Good Lord’s willin’… He was willing, but not in the way we would like it to be. Rest in peace, Demetrio.

The funeral will take place Tuesday 17th at 15h00 at the Waldensian Church in Torre Pellice, Via Beckwith 4.