Mary had battled cancer since being diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. I hadn't seen her in all those years, but kept up on her progress through mutual acquaintances. From my understanding, she fought hard and strong. These last few months were tough ones, but you'd never know it by reading a journal kept by her husband, Joe, on the Caring Bridge website. Their strong relationship with each other and the Lord allowed them to face this battle head on. Their sons, Joseph & Andrew, also have a strong faith which has kept them afloat. Now, they have said good-bye, knowing that Mary is pain free and walking with Jesus. And they can live with that. What a wonderful gift she gave her family.
We'll all miss Mary. God has taken a loving warrior home.
I've done some thinking since finding out about Mary. I pray that I will have the gracious, strong, faithful attitude Mary had, right up to the end. I pray that my family will know how much they are loved. I pray that my friends will know how much they mean to me. And I pray that when I see God face to face that He will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I'm sure Mary heard that.
Have you done much thinking about your last days? No, it really isn't a morbid subject. Guess what? All of us are going to die; it's just a matter of when. It's as much a part of life as living is. I hope that you'll take a moment to think about how you want to be remembered and the legacy you want to leave. I know I will be.
Until the next time . . .