Death of a Witness

About four years ago I ran into a woman I knew but didn’t see very often. Her husband had been the chaplain at the jail for a few years.  They were such a neat couple, and great witnesses to their faith.  (He told the story many times about his conversion to Christianity beginning in a jail cell in California when he was a troubled young man, and he happened to find a Christian tract on the floor.)

Anyway, when I saw this wonderful woman in the grocery store, it was impossible to miss the fact that instead of her trademark long brown hair, she was bald.  She had always been a beautiful woman and she was still beautiful with her huge, expressive blue eyes all the more emphasized by her baldness.

She told me she had had cancer for five years and had just finished a round of chemo that appeared to be successful.

But as we stood there, she told me in words and through those huge, sincere eyes that she knew the chance the cancer would return, but  whatever tomorrow brought, she wasn’t afraid because she knew when the end came she would be in Heaven with Christ.  We parted ways with a hug and my thanks for such inspiring words.

Fast forward to a few days ago.  I heard that she is now at death’s door.  She has battled cancer for almost 10 years, but the end is finally near.  But, you know, this wonderful witness for Christ will never be totally gone because her witness to her faith will linger in the hearts and minds of many with whom she has had contact.

And when she arrives at Heaven’s door, I picture Christ opening the door Himself, smiling when He sees His faithful servant Marilyn, and then taking her hand in welcome and saying, “Well done, O good and faithful servant.”  Then I picture Him leading her by the hand into Eternity.

Well done, my friend.  I look forward to seeing you again in Eternity.

8 Responses to Death of a Witness

  1. Julie says:

    I know who Marilyn is too! She was an amazing woman! I have some friends who named their daughter Marilyn Jo after her. What a great peace to know that she is in heaven now with Jesus! She touched so many lives!

    BTW, thank you so much for bringing the crackers and dips to the party on Saturday! It was so great to see you and Uncle hubby there.

  2. Julie says:

    Just so you know, my friend said on Facebook that she went to be with the Lord at 8:10 this morning… Now she is seeing Jesus face to face!

  3. C. Beth says:

    Your post plus Julie’s comment made me choked up. What a wonderful witness!

  4. Hope says:

    AMEN! Isn’t this our greatest desire to one day have those words spoken to us…Praise the LORD she had this confidence and salvation!

    So nice that you were able to meet up with her again and to hear this wonderful testimony!

    Thank you for sharing and I will surely pray for her family and friends.

    A Breast Cancer Survivor

  5. Lots of loss in this world, but we hope for something new and better. Heartfelt post–thanks for sharing!

  6. carlahoag says:

    Even though I have only momentarily faced what she has for 10 years, I can tell you that it’s not an easy thing to face death with confidence. What a legacy she leaves in the lives she has touched. Thanks, Sandra, for sharing her with us.

  7. Sandra says:

    Julie — I was so surprised that you knew Marilyn, but then I remembered that you had worked in her cousin’s medical office, so I’m guessing that when you might have met her?

    Anyway, she was a WONDERFUL person, and we were both blessed to have known her.

    Beth — Amen. See? She’s still touching lives even though she’s gone. 🙂

    Thank you, Hope. I know that those of you who have experienced cancer are the ones who can most closely relate to Marilyn’s story. And, you’re right — we all hope that we will hear those words too, when the time comes.

    V — I guess stories like this especially bless us because they are in such huge CONTRAST to all the bad stuff in this world.

  8. Sandra says:

    Carla — Like Hope, I know that you can especially relate to Marilyn’s story. And I know that both of you have surely been wonderful examples to people with how you have handled your trials too. 🙂

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