We grieved, we laughed, and we left with hope--hope in the promises of Jesus for life that never ends and eternity with Him, if we simply believe.
I have a story about Kathy that I would like to share with you now; testimony to her heart and her giving nature.
Around the time that Kathy's book, No Burning Bushes, was due to be released, she came to Leland's studio to sit for head shots. She could light up a room. She laughed and had a great time through the entire photo shoot. She was a natural in front of the camera.
As she sat in the office reviewing the pictures on the monitor with Leland, the conversation turned at some point and I was telling her about some of my recent struggles. I wish I remember the conversation well enough to quote what she said, but honestly, it was what she did that I remember.
She reached into her purse and dug around for a minute (it was a really big purse), and when her hand reached what she was searching for, she pulled it out and said, Here.
I stood there for a second, just looking at its beauty. I said something profound like, Wow, this is so beautiful! I asked her if it was Murano glass, and she told me it was, and that she had bought it while on a trip to Italy.
I started to hand it back to her when she said, No, you keep it.
Shocked, touched, speechless for a second, I looked into her beautiful eyes and told her thank you. She just smiled and said, You're welcome.
A random act of compassion and generosity; a moment between us that I will always treasure. She pointed me to the cross.
If there's anything Kathy will be remembered for, it's her heart for people and compassion for their suffering.
In remembrance of Kathy's giving spirit, her family has asked that anyone wishing to do so, donate to two charities:
- Charity Water
- Global X - Bosnia: In Project Category, select Ministry Projects from the dropdown menu, then select Global X-Bosnia in the Project dropdown menu. Continue with supplying personal and payment information.
Take time to celebrate life today. Be grateful, be content, be hopeful.