Nine years ago, Liza and I took a trip to Northern Ireland with our husbands and a few other friends. On our trip we were hosted by a lovely couple, Nancy and Alister (Ali) Hanna, and as a group we shared the most memorable meals together. We ate well, drank well, and had too many laughs to count. Liza and I continued to make a trip to N. Ireland for the following four years. Beyond the beauty and charm of the country, I am most grateful having made dear friends with the Hannas.
Since our trip all those years ago, the Rev. has been colleagues with Nancy Hanna, and Ali's generosity helped made Jake's position possible. As we have walked together in life through the ups and downs, we remained steadfast friends. Ten days ago, we said goodbye to Ali, as he died surrounded by his beloved wife and brother. Ali was more then dear to us, he was a confidant, faithful, and ever steadfast. When I think of Ali I am reminded of the "peace that surpasses all understanding", and the beautiful hymn,
for which by the grace of God he has now and always.
Mel & Liza