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.