Cynthia Sue Bloomer

From Tom Bloomer… 25 April 2012

After a sunny and cloudy, windy and cold, achingly beautiful April day, Cynthia breathed her last and danced into the presence of the Lord. The hospice nurse called me after 7 PM and said, ‘Drive carefully but come right away’. When we arrived three good friends were sitting with her; they left as we surrounded her bed. I was able to talk her through her last 30 minutes on this earth, reassuring her yet again that we would be OK, that she could leave behind all her back pain and allergies and arthritis, and that her dear Dad Howard was waiting for her . . . he who studied light all his life would have even more to tell her about it now, having lived in absolute Light since his passing in 2003.

Weeks ago I was crying out “It wasn’t supposed to turn out like this!” We had first fallen in love exactly 40 years ago, in the time of the lilacs blooming in Illinois in 1972. As soon as that cry rang from my heart, I heard the echo of the first time it had sounded: when God Himself cried it out as Adam and Eve left the Garden, and the blight of death and destruction started to spread over and through all of Creation.

No, it wasn’t supposed to turn out like this: evil and selfishness and nasty diseases that spring out of nowhere and destroy precious people were NOT part of His plan. But we know that our Redeemer lives, and that His love triumphs over death.

Since I wrote yesterday about His terrible love, I realized that although literally thousands of people were praying for Cynthia to be healed and to stay here, the Lord Himself was jealous for her to be in His presence. I have often taught, too glibly, that God’s love is infinite; but what that means right here and now, for me, is that His love for Cynthia outweighs all of our prayers . . . His love is dense beyond our imagination.

Many of you have also heard me teach this principle: “When we pray, we are trusting God; when He doesn’t answer, He is trusting us.” God Himself has entrusted us with unanswered prayers for Cynthia. He is trusting us to go on trusting Him, and to follow Him not because of what He does for us or what we would want Him to do; but to follow because He is God, and we are not.

By His grace, we are trusting Him, and at peace in His sovereign decision to not answer our prayers. We do not understand; but as we have trusted, we have peace. Phil prayed a beautiful prayer after Cynthia’s passing; Amy andAlice are in peace too.

Dear ones, the Lord Himself has entrusted us with unanswered prayers, and that is an immense privilege. Cynthia trusted Him until the end, and on through it. And now she no longer sees through a glass darkly, but face to face.

The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

Tom, for Phil, Amy and Alice

  • From Facebook – Rebekah Burtness
    Thankful for having known Cynthia Bloomer in this life. She was such a wonderful, beautiful woman and she blessed all who knew her. My love and prayers to Tom, Philip, and Amy. You are in my heart.

  • From Facebook  Aimee L Haase

    Ever mindful and remembering the beautifully lived life of Cynthia Bloomer today. What an incredible joy filled, nurturing, encouraging, loving and funny lady. Remembering such sweet times with Tom Bloomer and Cynthia @ “Bloomer’s in the Garden” the last couple of summers at Holmsted Manor, spending time with you both learning of Gods way through his creation. 

    Tom’s note about her passing was unbelievable … Still in times like this he continues to stretch our minds and teach US such timely truth. 

    We will miss you dearly Cynthia, your life touch so many! Tom may continue to meet you in every way needed.

  • From Facebook –  Claire De Toth
    is reminded that there is a better place waiting for us… with joy, dancing, napkins, flowers and peace ! Cynthia I will miss you but I know you are enjoying yourself with God. The circle will not be the same without you 😉

    Tom Bloomer and family, my prayers are with you. 

    Je vous aime fort !

  • Cynthia’s Obituary – written by Tom – 

    Cynthia was the first-born of Howard and Carolyn Gay Malmstadt on 12 January 1949, in Madison, Wisconsin.  Sister Alice was born in 1951, and brother Jon in 1953.  Howard became a world-famous scientist in his field (see the Wikipedia article about him). Alice remembers: Cynthia was an entertainer from the day she was born, with her bright eyes and beautiful smile.  She loved dancing and singing and dressing up in costumes.  Dinner time was never dull!Cynthia graduated from Scripps College (California) in 1971, and went on to complete a second Bachelor’s from the University of North Dakota in 1972.               She met Tom early that same year, and they were married in 1973 by Dick Foth at Urbana Assembly (Illinois).  They went to Europe as short-term missionaries, and after two years in Switzerland received a long-term calling.  They ministered as a team leading YWAM’s French ministries and the Lausanne training center, and then went to help pioneer the University of the Nations in Hawaii with her father and Loren Cunningham.  Afterward they returned to Europe to help pioneer the University of the Nations development there.               Cynthia excelled at the ministry of hospitality by inviting friends over for a meal, a tea party, or Easter egg coloring.  She had a particular gift of welcoming people and making them feel special; some who were greeted by her only once, many years ago, have never forgotten that radiant smile.  She was a gifted teacher, in the UofN schools and also as a teacher of English to several in her Swiss village of Burtigny, and abroad.  She shared and prayed with many of the staff and students over the years, always ready to listen and counsel.  Her friendships lasted, even the ones made in the 1970’s.                After years of prayer for a child, in 1986 Cynthia and Tom became parents of Philip.  In 1997 they co-founded the first association for the parents of ADHD children in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, leading to many speaking and sharing opportunities for each of them.  Philip’s marriage to Amy in 2010 was a high point in Cynthia’s life.                Cynthia was a missionary in the fullest sense of the word, ever reaching out with all her heart, soul and strength.  She adopted this land and its people, and was adopted by them; she was more at home here than anywhere else.  She chose to be buried in Burtigny’s peaceful village churchyard, in the land she served so faithfully & well.Memories and tributes may be posted, and read, at                                                           Tom Bloomer, with help from Alice, 29 April 2012

  • From Facebook – Eva Spengler 

    Dearest Tom, we have so ached for you, (and us), and watched and grieved and wept; (and rejoiced for heaven’s gain) from afar…there are no small emotions and often no words….please know how precious and loved you, Philip, Amy and Alice, are; embraced, comforted and held up by Jesus’ strong arms!!

  • Karine

    Cher Tom et famille,

    C’est de tout cœur que nous sommes avec vous en prières et en pensées.

    Oui vraiment, Cynthia savait faire sentir aux autres qu’ils ont de l’importance. Notre fille Priscilla a été à l’école du dimanche avec elle il y a des années de cela et Cynthia était merveilleuse. Même récemment, lorsque nous nous sommes rencontrés, Cynthia m’a demandé comment allait Priscilla, alors que cela fait des années qu’elle ne l’avait pas vue. Quelle gentillesse, what a caring attitude.

    Et que dire de la manière dont Cynthia et toi, Tom, êtes devenus Suisses, de coeur et de culture. Une vrai richesse pour la Suisse.

    Merci Cynthia pour qui tu as été. Tu restes gravés dans nos coeurs.

    Famille Köhli

  • Sydney Moyo

    Sydney and Ruth Moyo

    The first image that captures about Cynthia is her exuberant joy all over her face. She brought joy to many people and continues to be that joy to all in heaven. Tom you narrated well your love  life  sharing with your beautiful wife. 

  • Pandora

    There is another garden in which she hears the words, “Well done my daughter.”

  • Barb Nizza

    Tom, I have prayed much for you these days… that when that deep pain seems too much, Jesus’ deeper love sustains.   When you pass through the waves of grief, He will tumble through them with you.  What a beautiful life Cynthia displayed, and she will be missed by oh-so-many!