There Shall be No More Weeping…

White Flower Near Christian Cross
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Revelation 21:4

He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

I apologize for not posting this sooner but I’m with family and friends who have gathered to say “good bye” to my aunt, Sylvia, who lost her battle with breast cancer.  This has been both a time of sadness and rejoicing.  While we’re sad that my aunt had to leave her family and friends, we rejoice in the knowledge that her suffering has ended and she has gone home to be with the Lord.

Today as I sat through the funeral, I was touched by the many kind words and memories that people shared about my aunt.  So many people loved her and my uncle, I could tell by the tears and the smiles…  The comforting hugs and gentle squeezing of hands…

My aunt fought bravely, living long enough to see the fulfillment of her greatest desire; she wanted to see her babies grow into adulthood with the ability to care for themselves.  My aunt saw both of her children walk across the stage and receive their college degrees.

I know the days, weeks, months and even the years ahead will be hard for my uncle and my cousins, but I hope they draw comfort in knowing that Aunt Sylvia brought love and laughter to the lives of many and the best way to honor her is to wake up with a smile.

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