Sunday March 13, 2016 – Stephanie is with Jesus

This was written by my wife Donna.  On Thursday March 10, our 7 month pregnant daughter-in-love Stephanie went to be with the Lord in the wee hours of the morning, .  We received an urgent call from our son Michael at 1:47 AM.  The paramedics were there…

These last few days have been difficult ones for our family–the start of many to come. Anyone who knows me well, knows that as the mother of 4 sons, I always looked forward to welcoming girls into the family. : ) Each of the boys chose their wives wisely and we have been 4 times blessed.

This week we had to say goodbye to Mike’s precious wife Stephanie. I keep being hit by waves of sadness and loss when I least expect it, often over simple things like looking at a recent family photograph and realizing that this side of Heaven, future family photos will always be missing Stephanie. As one of ‘my girls’, she holds a place of my heart forever.

My greatest consolation is that I know my God’s character. While we live–and often suffer–in this broken and sin-filled “Shadowland” I know that death and grief do not have the last word! Jesus is the God of LIFE and HOPE and the RESURRECTION.

While I grieve deeply now, I know that my grief will NOT last forever! One day we WILL meet Stephanie again in Heaven. That’s not just a nice platitude that I hope is true, it’s TRUTH that’s more solid than concrete!

Some people may say we can’t know anything absolutely but I’m not one of them! I KNOW THAT I KNOW that God is SUPREMELY TRUSTWORTHY, even in the face of this nearly unbearable and extraordinarily painful loss. HE, in fact, is the ONLY reason I can bear it.

I may not know what the future holds but I DO know WHO controls it and I have peace in that knowledge! Stephanie just got to arrive before me. Until I join you, sweetest girl, bask in the Presence of Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit! I told you Abba loved you best!

PS. Their newborn son, Declan Parker, is in the local NICU.  We covet your prayers for his recovery.

Donna Schmidt's photo.

About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Four years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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6 Responses to Sunday March 13, 2016 – Stephanie is with Jesus

  1. Jim Harvey says:

    Dear Friends,
    We grieve with you—and we rejoice with you.
    Surely Yahweh Rophe has brought final, eternal healing.

    Jim and Val

  2. Annaliese says:

    I am continuously praying. Crying. Pleading. Mourning. Praying some more. I love you all. You all are filling my thoughts and prayers dozens of times throughout each day. I wish I could be there to physically help you all, but know I am spiritually at least.

  3. Dave and Linda Christopher says:

    We are traveling, just read and are praying for you both and your family

  4. Bethany says:

    I do not know you personally, but a friend of mine was also a friend to Stephanie. My heart hurts for you all and as a mother to 3 beautiful babies myself I hurt for all of you with a newborn to care for! My prayers are with all of you! May God comfort you as only He can!

  5. Nancy says:

    As one of the respiratory therapists working with your precious grandson Declan, I want to let you know how much our entire working “family” has been touched by your family’s faith in such horrific circumstances. Our love and prayers are with all of you as you face the uncertainty of these times with the certainty of an all-powerful, ever-loving God.

  6. robyn says:

    Words cannot express the sadness I feel for your entire family Don. My love goes out to you, Donna, your children, and grandchildren during this most difficult time. May God’s peace surpass every other thought and emotion. My sincerest condolences, Robyn

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