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Monday, September 24, 2012

Don’t cry for me…

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes
; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.
Revelation 21:4 (NKJV)

Don't Cry For Me
't Shed A Tear
The Time I Shared With You Will Always Be
And When I
'm Gone, Please Carry On
't Cry For Me
No One Is The Blame,
My Death Was Meant To Be
't Carry Guilt Nor Shame
The Reason Why I Came Soon You
'll See 
Lyrics by Be Be Winans,
Performed by Ce Ce Winans

Next month, a remarkable young women, one I’ve know all her life, will turn 40. She’s going to be a big girl. Recently I took the opportunity to tell her that I have been and continue to be incredibly proud of the woman, wife, and mother she’s become. Despite extraordinary challenges she has faced, she is wise, worshipful and wonderful. Even as my heart swells with pride, I think of the sister she lost, and I am sad.

It was 1996, and we’d only just returned from a Christmas vacation with family when we got the call. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among youths aged 15-24. The hopelessness that adults face seems not to overwhelm them as it does teens—adult suicide, while alarming, is the 11th leading cause of death overall. She chose to let go. I cannot know what pain caused her to take her life, and I make no judgments about it. Both God and the songwriter remind us that her death was meant to be…I try to honor her in giving it all, living like it all matters (it does). Popular author Melodie Beattie gives great advice in Finding Your Way Home,
Quit hanging on to the handrails . . . Let go. Surrender. Go for the ride of your life. Do it every day.

Surrender. There it is again. That is my answer. I cannot know why…but I do know that God will wipe all tears, and all sorrow will be at its end. So as I look wistfully back, I gaze hopefully forward. I am proud of you, RRCB-well done. Let’s live like it’s the ride of our lives, because it is. Let’s live it for those we’ve lost knowing we can share our stories of the journey with them on that Great Getting Up morning. So, even through our tears we have hope. There is joy. Our rejoicing through sorry may be the reason she came, and left. We have our memories of her, we have love. And that love, abiding and everlasting, straight from the Father’s heart to ours, is an unforgettable reminder that God is still good.

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