Amish Cook Editor Kevin Williams guest writes this week’s column following the death last week of Gloria Yoder’s husband Daniel. Here are the first parts of the brief column:
Daniel Yoder, 33, passed away on April 4 from injuries sustained in a logging accident. The tragedy leaves Gloria, who pens the weekly Amish Cook column, to raise six children. Gloria’s church community, family, and friends and her deep faith will help see her though, but it will be difficult.
I wish I had some sage words to impart, but sometimes events leave us speechless, grasping for some sort of meaning, and this is one of them. The future unfolds at our peril. We don’t know what tomorrow — or this afternoon — holds. So the best we can do is try, one unsteady step at a time, to walk forward and enjoy our moments.
I can’t say that I knew Daniel incredibly well, but we had met on several occasions, and each time he struck me as a super father and husband who put his family front and center. It seems unfair that who lives and who doesn’t is so random, but those with deep faith view it as part of a larger plan and that Daniel, Gloria, and their children will be reunited again someday.
Gloria and her children will put their lives back together, slowly, and move forward, but they’ll never forget, not for a second, their beloved Daniel.
You can contribute to the GoFundMe online account for Gloria, set up by her family. A link to the fund is at Amish365.com under “Remembering Daniel Yoder” (the fund is administered by Gloria’s family and all funds go to Gloria), or you can mail cards, notes of encouragement, or checks directly to: Gloria Yoder, 10510 East 350th Ave, Flat Rock, ILL 62427.