Today a chapter in my book of life closed-temporarily. Someone who I’ve become friends with over the years succumbed to the pressure of cancer and she has moved from her life on earth to her eternal life in Heaven. Sweet Kathleen fought a courageous battle. The odds were against her. Sadly, dear loved ones, including a husband and two children, are facing one of the toughest nights of their lives right now.
I knew Kathleen was coming close to the end of her life among us. Two days ago I saw two deer in the neighbor’s front yard while I was taking a walk. My thoughts went to Kathleen immediately. I wondered if her time had come. It made me think of Psalm 42. It wasn’t time yet.
Today I walked again and the cloud formation above me was shaped as a beautiful cross. I wondered again. How is Kathleen? Hours later I learned from a friend she had passed.
I had to attend a meeting following the notice and my thoughts were sad; my heart aching for Kathleen’s family. I entered the meeting place and went to the open chair at the table. As I began to sit I noticed something on the chair. It was the metal heart shown at the top of this message. I have no idea why it was there, but it made me think of God’s deep, wide and everlasting love. He will not leave us not forget us.
I didn’t have a chance to speak to Kathleen directly before she died. Her husband and children wouldn’t know me very well, but I knew of her pride of them. I would want them to know Kathleen touched my life in a beautiful way. She made me smile and laugh. She was a lovely woman. She was part of a chapter in my life and I was blessed to know her.
Psalm 42- The Living Bible
42 As the deer pants for water, so I long for you, O God. 2 I thirst for God, the living God. Where can I find him to come and stand before him? 3 Day and night I weep for his help, and all the while my enemies taunt me. “Where is this God of yours?” they scoff.
4-5 Take courage, my soul! Do you remember those times (but how could you ever forget them!) when you led a great procession to the Temple on festival days, singing with joy, praising the Lord? Why then be downcast? Why be discouraged and sad? Hope in God! I shall yet praise him again. Yes, I shall again praise him for his help.[a]
6 Yet I am standing here depressed and gloomy, but I will meditate upon your kindness to this lovely land where the Jordan River flows and where Mount Hermon and Mount Mizar stand. 7 All your waves and billows have gone over me, and floods of sorrow pour upon me like a thundering cataract.[b]
8 Yet day by day the Lord also pours out his steadfast love upon me, and through the night I sing his songs and pray to God who gives me life.
9 “O God my Rock,” I cry, “why have you forsaken me? Why must I suffer these attacks from my enemies?” 10 Their taunts pierce me like a fatal wound; again and again they scoff, “Where is that God of yours?” 11 But, O my soul, don’t be discouraged. Don’t be upset. Expect God to act! For I know that I shall again have plenty of reason to praise him for all that he will do. He is my help! He is my God!