grace embodied

These are two of my favorite people in the world – my aunt Lois and uncle Darryl. I haven’t seen them in a long time because of the distance. Aunt Lois passed away this week. I would give anything to have been able to see her again.

She cared for me as a child…some of my earliest memories are of early mornings with aunt Lois and Uncle Darryl, and Tony and Julie (my cousins)…I have loved them all ever since. Aunt Lois is a small-framed giant. Her love for God and for others was great. She has such a graceful spirit, and in my opinion, is an embodiment of grace. Her smile would light up a room on its own. Even in pain, her calm gentle spirit is one that saints are made of.

Today I deeply regret not having seen her in so long, but I am forever grateful for her presence in my life, and in our family.

Pray with me for my uncle Darryl, Tony and Julie. Aunt Lois’s physical absence will leave a mark…but her spiritual presence will be comforting. Now she sits with the “crowd of witnesses,” completely healed – thank God – and cheering the rest of us on.

Aunt Lois, I love you far more than I’ve let you know in these past years. Giants like you are just always supposed to be there, and I took that for granted. I’m so sorry.

Cheer us on and save a seat for us…we’ll be there shortly.