My heart, oh how it aches. Another dear friend has left this earth.
This life is so fleeting. When I was young I never thought about time much…except I thought it drug on forever. From the time school started until Christmas break, seemed like years. Now from one Christmas until the next seems like days. Please, my family and friends that I love, and complete strangers out there, if you haven’t asked Jesus into your heart, and asked Him to be Lord of your life, please…..don’t wait any longer. Do it now. Jesus said we are like the grass of the field; here today and gone tomorrow.
That is how it was with Shelly. She was full of life, vibrant, laughing, and loving those around her. Then from out of nowhere she was having severe headaches. She went to the hospital and discovered she had stage IV melanoma cancer. In less than two short weeks God claimed her sweet soul.
Shelly radiated joy. She wore it like a halo. She had bad times in her life, like we all do. But I never once met her anywhere, or under any circumstance, that she didn’t break into that big wide, warm, smile of hers. She was full of hugs. Her eyes sparkled like only those that love life can.
She comes by those characteristics naturally. They were given to her by two of the most special people I’ve ever met….her parents.
Shelly will be missed by so many people. Our hearts are heavy with mourning right now.
Even though God tells us not to mourn, like those who do not know Him, he never tells us not to mourn. Jesus himself cried and mourned for his friend Lazarus, even when he knew he was about to raise him from the dead.
I know Shelly is in a place where there is no more pain or tears. I know she knows Jesus. I know I will see her again. I know, like her dad, Johnny told me, with tears of grief in his eyes, that “We have a good God.”
But my heart still aches. I miss that radiant smile.