Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Today’s forecast – partly sunny (I prefer that over partly cloudy) and in the high 60’s/ low 70’s. Such a nice change from the snow we received just one week ago today! The season is finally beginning to take on real change as we transition from winter to spring. Perhaps on my mind is the need to move some of my heavier clothes to the back of the closet and pull out lighter weight items; but then that means I need some serious sun on exposed body parts that have been covered for the past 6 months. What to wear…that’s a daily poser.
These thoughts run through my mind as I prepare for the day and then I soberingly remember I’ll be dressing soon to sing in a funeral. The laying to rest of a sweet friend who only a few weeks ago celebrated her 57th birthday. A beautiful sister in Christ who had just retired and was more than ready for her next “season”; much of which included plans to spend lots of time with her new granddaughter.
Lora Walker laid her head down to rest one night and never woke up the same. Though there were, what seemed to be, miraculous turnarounds in her recovery, her body succumbed to the trauma of a second brain aneurysm and she was gone.
Just. Like. That.
Lora’s husband, Glenn, lost his earthly best friend and was left with a sold house half packed up and ready for a move they were supposed to make together.
Lora’s 3 children, Mandy, Ryan and Kimberly, lost their Mom who loved them more than life.
Lora’s grandson will not have the honor of his grandmother proudly being a part of all the wonderful changes and growing his future holds.
Lora’s granddaughter will not grow up to know what a warm, kind, loving, hilariously funny person Lora was.
Lora’s Mother said goodbye to her only daughter.
Lora’s brother lost his big sister.
I cannot begin to understand why things happen as they do and why some are left to face these kinds of trials and forever changes in their lives while others of us continue on with “life as usual”. But I do know this; what is a normal day for me today can change in an instant. No one is promised life without heartache, pain, disappointment, hurt – NO ONE. No matter who we are, what we believe, or in whom we believe, the sorrows of life happen to us all. What a bleak outlook that could be…if we had nothing else to look forward to.
But here’s the difference for some of us. THIS is what we can hang our hats on with peace and assurance. This is what the world simply can’t wrap their minds around…
As Steve and I went to visit Glenn and offer our condolences, through fresh tears and an obvious longing for his wife, he musters a sincere smile and says, “I just don’t know how anyone can get through something like this without Christ.” His hope in Jesus did not take the pain of Glenn’s loss away; but what it did do was cause a deep, foundational joy to rise up and bring peace and comfort in the midst of the most tumultuous storm he has ever faced. That was Glenn walking on the water and not sinking in despair because his eyes are fixed on Jesus. That was and is peace that surpasses anyone’s understanding…unless they know the same Jesus that sustains Glenn.
Today, there will be tears…lots and lots of tears. Some tears will be from complete sorrow and sadness at the thought of never seeing Lora Walker on this earth again. But there will also be tears of joy shed by those who know they’ll see Lora again because of Jesus.
I’ve cried both.
See you at home soon, Lora.