Saturday, July 25, 2009

abundant life

Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.
--Eskimo Proverb

I post this today in memory of Shirley Swink and in honor of her husband, Bill. Shirley fought a long, difficult battle following her stroke with grace and courage. In her life, Shirley dedicated herself to her family and her church. She was sweet, and kind, and generous. And joyful. When I think of her, I picture her laughing and grinning ear to ear. She was full of life and a joy to be around. Throughout her long illness, Bill was there by her side -- Never complaining or thinking of himself. He gave himself completely to Shirley's care and in so doing, he showed us what love looks like in action. Today Shirley was laid to rest - but we will continue to rejoice in all of the precious memories and goodness she left behind. And as we thank God for sharing Shirley with us, we also thank Him for Bill and his powerful witness to love.

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