The tributes continue to come in. Shawn Hall told me, “she was the queen. She took 100% pride in her persona. She was 100% genuine.” And Dick, that attitude showed through everything you told me about your sister. You told me about her love for horses, for music – playing with the McDonalds All American Band, her softball – first playing then umpiring in national playoffs. She told me of her love of Softball and the sadness she felt in no longer being able to play due to pain in her knees. But I’m here to tell you, she would and did gladly use those knees to run to help an ailing comrade or to bend them in prayer for another.
And continuing you said, and I quote, “Then came Hester, oh my God, at first I said what are you doing…… then I saw the happiness the whole experience brought to her soul. She loved the character and she loved being around people and what a better way than by using Hester.”
Finally you told me, “I loved….. my family loved…… and anyone who spent any time around her loved her, she was genuine. I will miss her greatly….”
To say this week has been difficult is an understatement. For if I had to describe our feelings, I’d say that we have come here today as a thirsty land crying out for rain, or as a hungry heart longing for nourishment, or as a lonely and frightened sheep pleading for rescue by the Good Shepherd and as that same sheep safe in the arms of the rescuer.
For if we will listen we can hear the voice of our heavenly Father say, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Even though we are hurting and have unanswered questions may “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding … guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” May the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort be with each of us as we now bow in prayer before Him.
Let us Pray……
With broken hearts and unanswered questions we come before you, our heavenly Father, to be healed, comforted, and strengthened. By your grace grant us forgiveness, mercy, and comfort. Hold us close to yourself. Help us to trust you. Help us sort through mixed-up and confused feelings so that we may face what we must - in a triumphant way through our living Savior Jesus Christ.
We remember the one whom we have loved and who is now gone from our sight. We feel a profound loss. And so we turn to you, the eternal one, the resurrection and the life, to come among us this hour. Forgive our sins. Deal with us tenderly. May your peace, which transcends all understanding, guard the hearts and minds of family and friends as we rest in Christ Jesus, through whom we pray. Amen.