Today the telephone rang. It was my sister Lisa on the other end. The news…my Aunt June (June Butts) passed away after a brief but difficult battle with leukemia. I also learned today that as she knew what the inevitable outcome of her fight with cancer would be, she already planned out her funeral and has requested that I come and preach. It is an honor that she would want me to preach at her funeral but it will be a bigger honor for me to speak on behalf of her and God and speak to those who have loved her dearly and now will miss her dearly.
Her battle with cancer is the last adversary she will face. She has faced her shares of struggles throughout her life and yet she never became cynical, not in regards to her faith in God nor to the people whom she shared life space with. She lived with faith daily, a hope in the promise of God…that despite the struggles which seem to defeat us at last in death, God has made a promise in Jesus Christ that will not return void.
“…those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40.31, TNIV)