Remembering Sarah

What were you doing on October 27, 2001?

I remember. I was at a benefit spaghetti dinner. It was my sophomore year of college.

The guest of honor ruined my life.

Well, that's not entirely true. She ruined the life I was building for myself.

A life lived for me. by me. in my own power.

Sarah was eight years old. exhausted and weary in body. but full of confidence and an expectant spirit.

and her boldness and joy in our short conversation

has made all the difference in my life.

A life that is now lived for Jesus. by Jesus. in His power alone.

It's a story only the Lord could write.

Sarah's body failed her 12 years ago. tonight. at the precious age of 8. I remember. Every time I hold one of my sweet daughters, I remember. Every time we celebrate Hannah's birthday (October 27), I remember. I tell my girls, often, the story of the little girl that God worked through to rescue me. And I pray over them and for myself, that He will work through our lives however He chooses to bring many others to know His great love. Even though I understand what that cost might be, as their mom.

I rejoice for her, because she got the longing of her heart. She shared this passage with me as she talked about not being able to wait to meet Jesus face to face:

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
{John 14:1-3}

How is it that God can take something so evil - so wretched - as a terminal illness and create beauty and life from it? I don't know! But I do know that He can, and He does. 

What's your story? How did the Lord reach out to you?

for His glory!

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  1. Very special. Thanks for sharing these touching thoughts and this video/story.

  2. I was forever changed by the terminal illness of my mom, whom I lost when I was just 11. The way she handled her illness and the way she faced death had a tremendous impact on my life! It's something I can be thankful for now, though of course it was so difficult at the time. But that's the beauty of God's ability to turn bad things into good! :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. It was so nice to "meet" you, Lisha!

  3. I don't think I could handle handle watching this right now. My husband almost died Wednesday night. I do want to view it though when I can. Abby sounds amazing just by your words alone. Hugs.

  4. My father-in-law has terminal cancer and we are leaning on the Lord for continued strength. Both he and my mother-in-law are continued inspiration to me.
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Have a blessed Christmas and New Year.
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions