throughout most of our lives, words do a fine job articulating our feelings and ideas. but then there are times, when words fall so short of anything more than empty sounds. unfortunately last week was one of those times. my very close friend and one of my favorite people in the world, jim alleman lost his wonderful and loving sister, sarah joann alleman in a tragic and senseless accident. our hearts have been so heavy for jim, his wife, cherie and the alleman family this week, who are piecing their world together in this time of unspeakable sorrow.
i’ve had the privilege of crossing paths with sarah several times over the years. she was kind enough to let my songs be a small part of her world and would take moments to send very sweet encouragement to me over the years. in her emails she also often expressed her heart for helping those in need in uganda and her excitement to be working alongside invisible children as a roadie. (read about sarah on invisible children’s post here.) to which, she gave countless hours, immeasurable heart and so very much life helping people in need. in my book, that is truly the definition of a life lived well. our world is sincerely a better place because sarah lived in it.
our hearts are so heavy with the thought of sarah’s family and friends, who are now working so hard to find light in such darkness. please hold them tightly in your prayers and thoughts.
to jim, the alleman family, sarah’s loving boyfriend, don and all of her friends, we are so so very sorry for your loss. we love you and will continue praying for strength and comfort. we are so inspired and touched by the love that you and sarah shared, and especially by the life sarah lead, as a result of your love and support.
dearest sarah, if each of us live a life with even a fraction of the compassion and love that you did, our world will be brighter place than it ever was before. thank you for being you.
in the memory of such a special girl, daughter, sister, girlfriend and friend, her family and loved ones have asked those interested in honoring her, to please donate to invisible children in lieu of flowers. we too, ask that you would consider helping invisible children continue the work that sarah alleman lived so passionately for.
please consider honoring sarah, by donating to invisible children in her name here.
much love, ryan & team sleeping at last.