Monday, February 10, 2014
Celebrating an amazing life.......
And then there was the food. Like most church events, everyone had brought food and Florence and John had provided a feast. Let me tell you that I think I ate more Kenyan food in Atlanta than I did in Kenya! Florence was quite happy to serve me my first ever goat! And I learned a great deal about how the women in Kenya take care of each other after they have given birth. Yes, it was a weekend that I will never forget.
When I think of Florence I feel the love of Jesus in a very real way. She talked about the school that she and John had started in Kenya. With tears in her eyes she explained about the great need of these little ones. You could feel the love and care in her every word. I remember the warmth and joy that filled that home. That visit changed me. I realized that Jesus can bring people together for His purposes - even around the world. I understood in a much clearer way, that the world was here in the United States. And I was reminded that I left a piece of my heart in Kenya.
It is a terrible loss for their entire family. I will see Florence again, one day. She is celebrating now at that great banqueting table in heaven with Jesus. And there is most likely goat on the menu!
Jesus, be with John and the entire family during this difficult time. Thank you for the assurance that Florence is with you. Holy Spirit, comfort all who mourn the loss of this special woman. Thank you Jesus for the opportunity to know Florence. Jesus bless Lucy and give her your peace in this difficult time. Amen