Thursday, November 10, 2005

For Jojo and Kristin

Dearest Sister Jojo,

Sometimes words are so inefficient at such a time as this.

But I feel led to tell you that your strong faith and love for Christ is so clear and evident in your life. It is when we go through the hard, tough times that our faith can be truly tested. Yours is so strong and vibrant, and though we grieve, we also rejoice with you knowing that your precious daughter Kristin has now been relieved from further suffering and has been called home by the Lord.

Her life had such meaning, purpose and love, and despite being severely disabled, the love of Christ has reached so many people through your struggles.

When it's time, you will be forever reunited with her in heaven. What a joy to know this with confidence! God's promises in Scripture are Truth, and knowing His Truth sets us free from the sorrows of this world.

I am keeping you and your family in my prayers as you go through this time. Yes. We grieve, but not as those who have no hope. We may not know all the reasons why while here on this earth, but then, one day we will know (1 Cor. 13:12).

Thank you for being such a courageous person in Christ and sharing all that has happened. We just can't know until we get to the other side of heaven (where Kristin is now with Jesus!) how many people have been blessed through you and your daughter.

Love in Jesus,
Christine

Living For Christ

6 comments:

Susan Smith said...

Jojo:

Your testimony is a shining light that blesses me so often.

Kristin has been and will remain a blessing in my life.

You are loved and prayed for in Jerusalem. (ss)

Clandestine said...

xoxoxoxo

Anna said...

Dear JoJo -

Just think JoJo, next time you see Kristin, she'll be walking and talking and doing all the things she couldn't do here. And she'll walk up to you, throw her arms around you and say, "Hi Mommy."

We love you. May the Lord comfort you and your family, knowing she's in His arms.

Blessings,
Anna

Jaded&Opinionated said...

Jojo, I pray that the white light of the Holy Spirit surrouds you to bring you comfort and peace as it leads Kristin home to Jesus.

Jojo said...

Hi Christine, Susan, Clandi, Anna & Jaded,

I have not been visiting many blogs in the last week and thought I'd come catch up a little. This was such a blessing to find.

I have been working this week and I guess that's both good and bad. It would have been nice to take the week off, but since I'm self employed and took off all of last week, I needed to make some $$. I have did all the "a week ago today..." memories and have been amazed at how fast it's gone. I cannot imagine that she's been gone over a week now. I also cannot believe how much I miss her. My time with her was always so bittersweet. I have been praying for God to take her for so long - I never imagined how empty I would feel when she was gone.

I got the pictures developed today from the funeral home. Most would think that weird, but she just looked so beautiful - I love those pictures.

Thank you all for caring so much. I really can't tell you how much that helps. Love You.

Christinewjc said...

Hi Jojo,

Everything that you have shared during this difficult time in you life has blessed many because we have all seen your steadfast love and trust in Jesus. As I have gotten to know you through the blogosphere, I have seen that no matter what is happening, (the good, bad, ugly, and/or beautiful situations in life) your strength, trust, devotion and love for Jesus comes shining through.

Jesus knows the pain and sorrow we feel when loved ones pass on into eternity. Jesus wept over Lazarus. We miss our loved ones while still here on this earth, but we have the hope, promise, and guarantee by His Word, that He has prepared a place for all of us.

Kristin is now in that place in the loving arms of Jesus and that is our comfort during this time of separation. It is normal to grieve, but we do not grieve as those with no hope.

Please feel free to email me at chriswatson@cox.net any time you want to "talk" about anything.

My brother took video (ten years ago) at my dad's funeral and I didn't think it was weird at all. I have not seen the video. I am worried that my mom misplaced it. But I do understand why you took the pictures and I, personally, don't think it's weird at all.

From what I have read here and at your blog, you have many people who care about you and love you.

I am reminded of a scene in the Wizard of Oz when the wizard states, "a heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others."

That describes you, Jojo. You are very much loved by others!

God bless and love you back,
Christine