She was a wife, mother, grandmother, and daughter. A BFF to some, Bible study teacher to others, and one who saw the good in all. A courageous warrior against the illness that ultimately took her life. Her death, as with many deaths, made no sense to me.
The morning mourned her passing as did I after hearing of her death. A solid canopy of steel-grey clouds shrouded the sky from east to west.
Just as I thought the day was doomed to sadness, a thin blade of orange sunlight knifed its way through the eastern horizon. I squinted as blinding rays pierced the grey dawn and found their way through my kitchen window. A reminder that light overcomes darkness. That God is still with us, and the Son will return.
Indeed, by noon, wind had pushed most clouds away. Blue sky monopolized the heavens. Sun radiated across the fields and lightened my soul.
At her funeral service, her son-in-law spoke her parting words of hope. God is still good.
“Wars have casualties,” he said. “Mom was a casualty of the war between God’s goodness and Satan’s evil.” And as with all casualties who fight valiantly on the battlefield of good vs. evil, we honored her sacrifice. We celebrated her legacy of love and model of goodness that she left behind on this side of heaven.
God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it. (1 Corinthians 10:13, The Message)
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