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WORDS OF SYMPATHY BY THE INDIANA SOCCER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO THE FIEGE FAMILY


My personal comments regarding the recent loss of Rachael Fiege, offered by Dave Guthrie, Indiana Soccer’s Executive Director.

It goes without saying that the loss of a child is every parent’s worst nightmare; a burden beyond description. The past weekend, Rick, Angie, and Jeremy Fiege, one of Indiana Soccer’s long-time family members began suffering this nightmare with the loss of 19 year old Rachel Fiege.  The shock and weight of Rachael’s death has affected every member of not only Indiana’s soccer family, but the entire US Soccer family.   I have already received notes of condolences from the extended US soccer family including John Sutter, the president of US Youth Soccer; Jim Cosgrove, the Executive Director of US Youth Soccer both of whom is suffering the loss.

The only way I can process this tragedy is by looking through the lens of Scripture. In the first chapter of Genesis, verse 31, we read - “God saw all that He had made, and is was very good…..the sixth day” [my emphasis added on “very good”]; then in the beginning of Chapter 3 we see this horrible creature, through deception, infect and blemish God’s creation - mankind, and everything in and on the earth, the earth and the entire universe. The world in which we still live displays an enormous amount of what God describes as very good. Unfortunately, we also suffer the effects of the blemish, such as the indescribable pain associated with the loss of a child, a sibling, a friend, a teammate a family member, etc., all as the result of the hatred for God by this hideous creature.

The Fiege family requires the prayers and outreach of the entire Indiana Soccer family; prayers for strength, for peace, and for comfort. For the strength that only God can supply in times like these– for the peace that transcends all understanding in spite of the horrible circumstances – and for the comfort, that comes from knowing that to be absent from the body, is to be home with the Lord, and comfort from the knowledge that God is still on the throne and that He promises to make all things new - the heavens, the universe, and the earth; complete with resurrected bodies of those who are in Christ. I look forward to the day when we will see Rachael in her new, recognizable, and resurrected body.

Contributions in memory of Rachael may be made to the Humane Society of Boone County, Indiana Soccer Foundation at
http://indianasoccerfoundation.com/donate and IU Health Methodist Foundation.   
With a very heavy heart,
Dave Guthrie


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