In a weeks time, I said goodbye to two wonderful women, sisters who spent their lives living side by side on a beautiful stretch of land that was often covered in wildflowers. As a young girl who grew up on a downtown city block, their home was a breath of fresh air to me! I spent many summer afternoons looking out on the field that laid behind their home or walking along Mountain Road picking lovely bouquets. I would sit with them in the breezeway of Sue's home, sipping tea and tasting treats, mostly feeling like a new version of myself. I was more refined and somehow elegant behind my muddy jeans and messy hair. That was one of the gifts that Helen and Sue gave to me.
In 1 Peter 1:24-25, we read that "...all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you." In light of their passing, I thank the Lord especially for this gift of truth that sits tucked away in my heart. Though all those whom I love die, the Lord's truth will remain forever giving the hope, that I treasure more than all the wildflowers in the world, to all those who have gone before me and will go after me. Thank you Lord that your word is truth and speaks of your love, grace, and mercy. Thank you that through your Son, you kept your promise to rescue me and conquer death.