As I was enjoying a pleasant breakfast at Huddle House this morning my phone began to ring. It was my wife, Marilyn, who told me of some very sad news. One of the most positive, funny, and deeply committed Christians we knew had been in a serious car accident. Later I was to find out that wasn't exactly correct. It was not a car accident, but she was hit while walking across a downtown street. Her brother had called and asked that someone come to the hospital. Instead of heading home as I had planned I headed to the hospital. There I found the family gathered in a counseling room waiting to hear news from the emergency surgery that was going on somewhere nearby. Within the hour news came from that same operating room that she had not survived.
Susan was a regular reader of this blog. She was often the first one to post a comment. It was often very complimentary and insightful. She was a student of the Word and a a great believer in prayer. She was a loving wife and mother of two. To say that she will be missed doesn't even begin to describe the void she will leave in this world.
If it were not for the promise of heaven this life would be too painful for us to endure. Paul says that would do not grieve like those who do not have hope, but we do grieve. We grieve and we pray. We grieve and we anxiously await the day when there will be no more death. We wait for the day when there will be more more widows or grieving husbands. Until then we thank God for allowing people like Susan to brighten our days with their quick wit and smile; even if only in our memories. And someday we will all meet and rejoice at the feet of Jesus where He will wipe away our tears.