This week brought news of two dear Saints of God who are now with Jesus following long lives. I know both of them because of the time I spent preaching on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Virginia was a true Southern lady. Her gentle spirit and delightful accent endeared her to everyone who spent time with her. This is a picture I took of her not too long after Hurricane Katrina. Though Katrina was a formidable force, Virginia stayed in her Moss Point home during the storm. She watched as her ceiling began to bulge from incoming water. She used a broomstick to poke holes where it may have broken. She stayed up all night emptying buckets and poking holes – likely saving her home from thousands of dollars of damage. That’s just one example of the kind of spirit this wonderful Christian woman possessed. She was a survivor, having lost her husband and her daughter, her parents and her sister. I can count on one hand the Sunday mornings that she was absent. She always made to church carrying her Bible and sitting toward the front. She was an independent sister with a spark in her eye and a smile on her face. Heaven’s gain, for certain. Obituary.
Sonny Lowe won his battle against pancreatic cancer early Thursday morning by claiming his victory in Jesus. I like this picture of Sonny because he was a smiling brother, always with a kind greeting and a great story. He was an encouraging person who often offered a homespun story that a conversation reminded him. Sonny was most at home … at home. He loved his garden and his country home. I know he was proud of his family, as he often spoke of them and gave updates on his outstanding grandchildren. A testimony to the kind of spirit that Sonny engendered is to be found in his children – all grown with exceptional families. I don’t think anyone could disagree, though, that the spark of life in the Lowe home is Bobbie, Sonny’s colorful and always sparkly attired wife. Our prayers and love are expressed to the Lowe family as they adjust to life without Sonny. They are a passionate people who love God and I know that they will be leaning heavily upon His promises during this heartbreaking experience.
I’m thankful for Facebook, which has allowed us to stay in touch with Bobbie. Always giving of herself and serving others, Bobbie has volunteered for years at cancer survivor Camp Bluebird. She is, herself, a survivor. Bobbie often travels to help take care of her brothers and sisters, and I pray that many are surrounding her now during her time of need.
It is sad to know that old friends are now no longer with us. But in both of these circumstances I am reminded of the precious promises of Christ. I look forward to seeing Virginia and Sonny again someday. I hope they will be able to visit with John Robert.
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. ~Jesus, John 14
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