We met at a mutual friend’s house while a few ladies were sitting around the table making wedding crafts for our friend’s daughter’s wedding. Her name is Karen. Kenzie and her son, Owen, hit it off and they were excited to make plans to hang out again soon. The kids have play dates and attend youth group together. Many times she would make sure Kenzie had a ride to youth group. Karen and I would talk at church and random other times when getting the kids together. We attended the beautiful wedding and enjoyed watching the kids dance.
She invited Matt, Kenzie, and I to partake in their Missional community (house church) movie night. My family started attending the community dinners and Bible studies every week. She made us feel welcome and her food was always tasty.
Karen signed us both up for the women’s brunch at our church. I was so thankful to have met a women radiating Jesus to others. She is so kind and wise. The brunch was beautiful with hundreds of women from church hearing stories of how God has worked in our lives.
I remember randomly when Karen shared with me that she has cancer. That ugly word no one wants to hear. She told me like she was telling me her favorite color. I was speechless. She looked so healthy and was always so joyful. It was hard to believe. Later, hearing the details, I was heart broken. Why would this happen? She has two children and a husband. She is a faithful servant.
What I love the most is that she doesn’t dwell on the negative. She wants to know how others are doing. She always has a smile on her face. She would go to the hospital often, spending many hours there. She would ask God how she can serve Him each day. She would share with other patients her hope in Jesus and His love for us all.
Jesus is her hope. Jesus is my hope. We are all praying and believing for a miracle. God is in control and we trust Him.
Please keep Karen in your prayers.
“There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place,
Will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face
But until that day, we’ll hold on to you always” – Jeremy Camp, There will be a Day