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.