Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tribute to April


Thank you for all of your prayers this past week and for your continued prayers.  Last Friday, April took her last breaths on this earth and took her first breath in eternity.  Her funeral was on Monday and it was a beautiful day.  A hard day but a beautiful day spent remembering precious April and praising the name of Jesus.  April's life will be remembered by her faith in God and her love for her family.  She was truly a Titus 2 woman and a Proverbs 31 woman.

My first impression of April as we met for dinner many years ago was a godly woman who was faithfully praying for her husband.  It was her encouragement that led me to read this book some years later.  God blessed Sam and April with three children in eight years of marriage and she was a wonderful mother.

April was a loyal friend.  She was genuine, trustworthy and thought more highly of others than herself.  She was sweet inside and out.  Her beautiful smile was always present.  Even in her two year battle with breast cancer, she remained steadfast to who she was in Christ Jesus.  His ambassador and faithful servant.

I'll never forget her response the night she found out her cancer had returned.  It was one of complete surrender to the Father's will.  The first words out of her mouth were, "Jesus is coming back soon.  And if he wants to take my life..."  And then instead of words came an exhale.  Except it wasn't an involuntary exhale as one does without thinking, it was a release from within.  I saw her submit her will, choosing to believe God is good and His purpose divine. 

April would be the first one to say that God is good and His plan has meaning and it has hope.  April's legacy is a legacy of faith and submission to the Master's plan.  Her story has now been added to those in the hall of faith.  She is now a part of the great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us and encourage us to FINISH WELL.  And from her view I know she'd say, "It is worth it.  HE is worth it."

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