Saturday, March 14, 2009
Catch Her If You Can!
An amazing thing happened yesterday, just before noon. Our sister Susie Calkin ran into the arms of Jesus on two strong, healthy legs. The wheel chair that she'd spent so much time in over the last several years and the hospital bed she lived in the last couple of weeks, where left behind as relics of an old life. Along with her worn body, with its weaknesses, ills, and limitations, she left behind everything that had physically slowed her down. Now, her body is as bright, cheerful, and full of life as her spirit has always been. I can only imagine how much she's enjoying walking around heaven right now. Did I say walk? Run! She's playing tag with children, fixing snacks for angels, and singing with the best chorus there is.
Yes, she will be missed. Missed by a family that loved her and has lived their lives planning on a great reunion in heaven. So for them, this is only a temporary separation. She will be missed by scores of little children who loved her smiles, her songs, her lessons, and her goodies that she and her sister Stephanie always brought to everything they did. She will be missed by a church family who loved her, prayed for her, and desperately wanted to see her healed, but who have to let go and let God have her for now. There's an empty space in our hearts, on our praise team, in our Children's Ministry, and in our play rehearsals. In fact, I feel confident that one of the first things Susie said to Jesus was "You've got to see the play we're doing at your church in June!"
He will. So will Susie.
Thank you Father for another beautiful light that shined in our life and will never be forgotten.