......Yesterday evening, hubby's sister, Leta, who is 82 years old, was home alone when a kitchen fire started. A passing motorist, who noticed smoke coming from the home, stopped, and, finding Leta inside, carried her from the burning house. She was life-flighted to Vanderbilt Burn Center with burns on 40% of her body. Having never really rallied after reaching the hospital, Leta passed away this afternoon. Naturally our family is heartbroken over such a shocking accident.
Leta was a very tender-hearted and sweet woman, who knew our Lord Jesus. Although still a very active woman, she has been plagued by health issues for a few years, and was widowed many years ago. I know that she is finally at peace. Knowing how wonderful all of you are as friends to me and mine, I thank you ahead of time for your prayers of comfort for our family. Her children were devoted to her in a way that is rare to see these days, so I especially appreciate prayers for them right now.
Poignant is the realization that today is the day that we celebrate what Jesus did for us, dying on the cross. Yes, in sadness and even anger, we think of the circumstances and brutality of His death; but in celebration we realize that he GAVE His life, it wasn't taken from Him !
Because of that gift, we can know that we need not mourn the 'loss' of loved ones who go on ahead of us in the death of our mortal bodies. Jesus was the FIRST of the resurrected. Praise God !
" Do you not know?
Have you not heard???
The LORD is the everlasting GOD,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and His understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary,
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:28-31
"The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught." Isaish 50:4