Confined to her home, enduring the pain and struggles of her illness, Sara Frankl maintained the popular Gitzen Girl blog, while writing for a Christian women’s blog, (in)courage.
On Saturday, Sept. 24 Sara Frankl died.
It’s amazing when a story like this comes out. Thousands of Internet sites across the web, millions of blogs produced daily and one little blog can easily be lost in the masses.
Sara’s story may not capture world headlines. Some people may never hear of her blog.
Others, who followed her, loved her. Her funeral was streamed live over the internet so those who loved her could be part of it.
Her legacy lives on in the lives she touched, in the words she left. On her blog, she served a loving Lord, pointing others to God.
The Christian Post said at Sara’s wake Tuesday, she was dressed in a shirt that read, “It’s Not About Me” as a means of diverting the attention from her and her illness toward God and his love.
“Even in her death,” wrote Sara’s friend Shannon, “our friend proclaims her life was about something bigger….she desires people to see it’s about what God does through her rather than what she could do on her own.”
In life’s challenges, Sara saw the best. Writing about her life and her love for God gave her the strength. She had a sense of purpose. Sara suffered from Leukopenia, a low white blood count, and Ankylosing Spondylitis, a painful, progressive, autoimmune disease that attacks ones joints.
As Sara’s illness took its toll with only a few weeks to live, her supporters expressed their joys and sorrows.
Friend and fellow blogger of Jesus Needs New PR blog, Matthew Paul Turner, said he reached out to singer Amy Grant and she responded.
“Sara, Matthew reached out to me today and I wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and to thank you for letting my music be part of the soundtrack of your life,” Amy Grant said.
“I trust that someday we will understand the full glory of God’s plan and the reasons He chose you for this particular journey. Keep your eyes on Him and know that I am honored to be your sister in Christ. I’ll see you on the other side.”
One may never know on this side of heaven, the impact left on another’s life. This Gitzen Girl created this legacy of love.
Receiving over 1 million hits the Gitzen Girl blog reached people around the country.
She writes, “I’m just a girl who used to write for a magazine to make a living, and now writes a blog to make a life. Extremely blessed, well-loved and choosing joy while learning that homebound doesn’t limit your life, just your location.”
Sara Frankl fought the good fight, she finished the race, and she kept the faith.(2 Timothy 4:7)
Today she’s finally Home.