For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain

God is sovereign.

God does what God wills to do.

My cousin Lyle’s wife, Kathy, had cancer. It started in her breast as the most common form of breast cancer. Following treatment it was believed that it was gone, and then it reappeared. It came back in her spine and was partially treated before her white cell count dropped and the treatments were halted. In the course of just a few days, it seems, it ran through her body until she was requiring oxygen and having to have fluids removed from her lungs and heart sack. (due to a tumor on the top of her heart.)

Prayer on prayer with more prayer. Yet, the healing of her body didn’t come. God is sovereign.

There is a lie that runs as an undercurrent in the church, it’s basic premise is that if you pray right God will be moved to answer your prayers. Let me make this very clear, when we pray it is never to move God to do what we want, it is to move us to where God wants us……. God is sovereign! He will bless whom He wishes and curse whom He wishes.

I have watched Kat move into the place where God wanted her over the last few weeks. From a place of great anger at satan and what he was stealing from her to the most incredible place of peace you could imagine.

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain

I have seen this lived in Kathy. There was no malice nor spite, no anger now. The peace that was on Kat is as real as a robe…….. the only way I can really say it this, Kath was robed in Christ, and having put on the new, having been renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him

God is truly sovereign. God is truly good.

Would that we could live as Kathy lived, resting in Christ, trusting in Christ, reflecting Christ.

Kathy, we love you.

As I am posting this, Kathy has passed into eternal life. Her son Nolan asked for a picture with all those who were there and with his mom. She smiled as Nolan, Faith, and Sarah were placed around her and we all scrunched in. Two quick photos and she said she was done. Within 10 minutes she was gone.

Kathy in the words of John Donne, we are diminished by your death. And yet Kat we are so greatly enhanced by your life.

We will miss you.

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