Jan Miller and her family have been on my mind and in my prayers for the last week. They have been waiting. Waiting in the hours and days after being taken off life support. Which reminds me of what it was like to wait and be with my daughter, Mercy, back in 2011, the feelings of not knowing what the next day would bring and when she would go to be with God.
I turned to these words of scripture:
Be merciful, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.
Brothers we do not want you to…grieve like the rest of men who have no hope.
1 Thessalonians 4:13
Be still, and know that I am God.
We place our hope and trust in God in these hard times, and pray for peace and comfort. But the reality is that our love and relationships want to hold on, and we want life to last as long as possible, which makes the waiting even harder. And when a vibrant life is cut short whether through tragic accident or illness, it causes us all to reflect, remember, and to celebrate.
Yes, celebrate, we celebrate the impact, the friendship, the joy, the good time and even the bad times that have been part of our relationship. But most of all we celebrate the love, that unconditional love we experienced and witnessed. It is the strange way that people of faith find laugher in the midst of the tears when we face death.
How long will I live? Who knows…I hope when my life ends, that it will speak to my faith and my walk with Christ. I hope my life says love is what we need most. I hope my friends, family, and neighbors remember me as a generous friend. I hope my life will say grace abounds to all. I hope my life will say that even in the storms and chaos of life God brought comfort, peace, healing, and rest. I hope my life will have left an imprint in our world that resembles the Kingdom of God. I hope that my life will say, I am a child of the one true King!
Jan Miller’s life is a living testimony to the great God and King whom she boldly loves and has served. Her impact on our church, our children, and our community is significant. I celebrate her life and the imprint she has made in my life as hers draws to a close.
I guess all I’m trying to say is this: let us all, as God’s children, seek to live a life worth being celebrated and celebrate those who have modeled this for us.
See you in worship,