This week, a champion of courage left this world to enter an eternal life of Perfect Peace.
We met in a Moms in Touch prayer group five years ago. The radiant smile I encountered on that September morning is forever emblazoned in my mind’s eye. At the time, I was unaware of her decades long battles with cancer. She always put love before her own struggles.
This noble, faithful woman, along with the other members of the moms group helped me to heal from a very painful period in my family’s history.
And in the past few months, her inspirational journal entries on Caring Bridge injected doses of determination during another extremely challenging chapter in our lives. As I read her words, my heart would swell with both sadness for struggles and immense admiration for her bravery in the face of multitudinous medical procedures and a terminal diagnosis.
In the world of cancer, “Stage 4” is typically known as the phase of “distant spread” of cancer cells throughout the body.
For this heroine, it was the period of her life when her tremendous valor spread far and wide and transformed greater and greater numbers of people.
Although we were never close friends, she gave me the gift of a role model of faith and fortitude and helped to give me the strength to persevere.
She didn’t know it at the time.
I am sure she knows it now, as in the words of Matt Redman, she “sings His praises, ten-thousand years and forever more.”
This “heroine for our times” will live forever in our hearts and minds as an otherworldly example of what cancer and other formidable challenges cannot do.
What Cancer Cannot Do
Cancer is so limited…
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.
May she rest in His Peace,
Note: This amazing woman leaves behind a beloved family: her husband, two sons and a daughter. Please keep them in prayer.