The death of a believer. It is bittersweet.
Her separation from her family, but her presence with The Lord.
Tears of sorrow for their loss. Tears of joy for her gain.
Treasured memories and photographs bringing the smiles and the delight of a shared past, but the sadness and the emptiness of an altered future.
Today I attended the “Celebration of Life” of an exceptional young woman who passed from this life into eternity on Monday in her mother’s arms surrounded by family.
Amy’s story is the story of love and dependence. It is the story of hope and redemption.
Amy had Rett Syndrome which left her unable to speak or walk or care for herself. She was completely, totally dependent on the care of those who loved her.
I witnessed the tenderness and affection that was showered upon this beloved daughter, this cherished sister. The beauty of a hand held. The loveliness of a whispered song. The fun of a Kit Kat to end a meal. The consideration of her personal needs.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
This outpouring of love cannot be manifested by will, but only through the power of the Holy Spirit, a counselor sent to those who believe and accept Jesus Christ.
Amy received love in abundance from her family. She watched, heard and experienced Christ’s likeness modeled in her home.
In December 2010, communicating with her eyes, Amy expressed her deep desire to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. The following year, she made a public proclamation by following in obedience and being baptized.
The Immeasurable value of Amy’s life. Our Gracious Heavenly Father created her, knitting her together in her mother’s womb. She was made in His image, fearfully and wonderfully.
The Inspirational love and sacrifice of our Lord and her family. The love of Christ knows no bounds even though Amy’s body had the boundaries of weakness, limitation and disability. He adored her and spoke straight to her heart and through her family, friends and church.
The Irresistible hope of a new life. Amy’s profession of faith gives a hope for an eternity set free from a wheel chair and muteness. Her testimony is such a precious gift to all who hear of God’s goodness and mercy.
The Invitational. Without the good news of a Savior, death stings. Without the gospel, death leads to despair. Without the Light of Eternity, death is the end.
Bittersweet today. Bright hope for eternity.
1 Corinthians 15:52, 55-57
…in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed…then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amy wanted to tell her story to the whole world. If you would like more information, please contact email@example.com.
Photo credit: Alex Flaaen