Sheila and I began the sabbatical with deep grief and pain. My sister's granddaughter lost her battle with cancer. Exactly 10 weeks to the day, from her diagnosis of GBM, she left the dust of this earth and entered Glory.
Our family is in mourning.
Sheila and I arrived in Orlando a few hours ago. We'll be with my sister and her husband, and the rest of our family, at Ava's Memorial Service tomorrow morning. I know some of you have made this journey with us and you wish you could attend the service too. You can.
Ava's service will be streamed live on-line tomorrow, Thursday, September 9th at 11:00 AM EST. It'll be available to watch later as well. Go here, to Northland's homepage and follow the link.
I want you to know about this so you can watch if you want to. Maybe it'll help you grieve. Maybe it'll help you pray. Maybe it'll help you find your way.
Death has not had the last word in Ava's story.
1 Corinthians 15:50-55 - Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory. 55"O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?".