20 years ago, in March of 2000, my friend Becky Crain died.
I met Becky in 1992. We were in a mom’s bible study, that had 5 women in it. We all brought our children to the study. At the time, I just had one child, and Becky had 2. Eight years later, I would have 4 children, and Becky –5 children.
As time went on—Becky and I became close friends. We shared our lives with each other. We prayed together. We encouraged each other in our faith. We were both stay at home moms, and we were trusting God to take care of our families financially and in every way. Becky used to be a teacher and she taught me how to teach my oldest son how to read. We started our homeschooling journey together.
Becky and I laughed together. At the end of her life, we were still laughing together. If she were still alive during this time, I guarantee, we would be laughing together.
She found out she had cancer when she was 5 months pregnant. The doctors wanted her to start on chemotherapy while she was pregnant, but Becky didn’t think they had enough research –and she wouldn’t risk the baby’s health.
She died 5 months after her baby was born. She went over to Germany when her baby was 3 ½ months old for experimental treatments. They did not work. She flew back home, saw her baby again, and her family and friends. I saw her again, and within 24 hours, she was gone.
During the time of her cancer, I got to see the Body of Christ at work in a way I never had before. I was in a mom’s bible study and the women in it helped me with bringing meals to Becky and her family, and cleaning her house. Becky was not in this Bible Study and these women did not know her.
These women helped me raise money for Becky’s medical expenses, by having a huge garage sale. The local Christian radio station let us advertise the sale on their radio program. Hundreds of people donated things to sell at the garage sale. Hundreds more came to the sale.
My local church allowed us to have the sale at the church. This was not Becky’s church. But I learned—that “We” are all the church. The church is not a building.
People who did not know Becky sent money. I saw so many, many, many people show their love and care.
This outpouring of love, helped me so much when God took Becky home.
God is love. God is love. I got to see this love working through His people. I literally got to see God’s love.
Becky is seeing that love, and feeling that love, all the time now. Becky was the one who told me when she was fighting cancer, “When you face the thing you fear the most, you realize you have nothing to fear, for God is with you through it all.”
When my son died, I remembered her words, and I thought of how true they were. God was with me through it all.
As we go through this time in our world history, I want us to remember those words. They are true words—and we can cling to them.
Perhaps, you know someone who has this virus. Perhaps you are grieving someone who has died of this virus. Perhaps you have this virus.
You do not have to fear — God is with us through it all. God is love. He cares for you. Death cannot separate us from His love. Nothing can separate us from His love.
So Be Encouraged!!