This is from my friend Leah, at Bouncing Baby Balls blog, I think she says it perfectly...
Loss. Pain. Devastation. Heartache. Sickness. Disease. Hurt. Death. Unfortunately, these are things that we all have to go through in this life. This wasn't the way it was supposed to be, but we live in a fallen world where conditions are far from perfect. I long for the day when Jesus steps in to wipe all the tears from our eyes and redeem all that Satan has attempted to steal from us! What a glorious day that will be!
Two and a half weeks ago, I learned through Facebook that a friend of ours from our old church had been admitted to a local ICU after struggling with the flu for almost a week. We were involved in the same home group as she and her husband and, although we did not get to know them too well personally in the short time we were involved, we know enough about them to know they are a wonderful Christian family with a beautiful nine-year-old daughter and a passion to see kids come to Christ.
Unfortunately, her flu had advanced to the point of pneumonia and she began to have all sorts of complications because of it. Her family quickly started a Care Pages website for her to get the word out and build a massive army of prayer warriors on her behalf. Within just a couple of weeks, her site had grown to almost 10,000 visitors! People from all over the nation and world have been praying for this precious woman... it has been absolutely awe-inspiring to watch. Without going into all the unpleasant details of her trial, God did some amazing, unexplainable things during her courageous fight.
This past Monday, after two and a half weeks of fighting, the Lord called her home... the gruesome battle was over and she could finally rest with her Savior. Jenny was only 31, with a bright future still ahead of her, leaving behind a wonderful, loving husband and nine-year-old daughter, not to mention an awesome family and countless friends that loved her dearly. I cannot begin to imagine that kind of grief. A man left a widower in the prime of his life. A precious girl facing a future without her mommy. It breaks my heart in two!
It boggles my mind to think that just two-and-a-half weeks ago, she was at home with the flu, having to miss a day of subbing. How fragile and fleeting life is!!!
Tomorrow, we will gather to celebrate Jenny's beautiful life and grieve alongside her family and friends. I'm sure it will be hard but I know it will also be beautiful because she loved the Lord with everything and her life touched so many. Please pray for the Bizaillion family as they face the long road ahead.
One of her closest friends said this week on Facebook that one of the last times she prayed with Jenny, she remembers her expressing her longing for heaven and eternity. Sounds like Jenny really lived out this verse: "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:21)
I want to live that way. Thank you for your example, Jenny.
(Jenny and her family have no medical insurance. If you feel led to help this precious family, please go to www.greggpearson.org and make a donation. So far, more than $51,000 has been raised! The Gregg Pearson Foundation is a 501C3. Please contact your tax advisor about deductibility.)