Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Heaven is a Little Brighter

This weekend I heard some sad news. A mentor, of sorts. of mine has gone to be with Jesus. I'm sure heaven is brighter, it leaves those of us down here in a bit more darkness. But my bet is that, Jo Ann would say "Nope" to that. She spent her life spreading God's love and word and her memory will live on in those she disicipled.

Jo Ann and Don Fields were what we called "lifers" with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. They met and married in their 30's and raised two beautiful daughters. I always wondered at how the students rallied around her when she spoke. She was several generation away from them. But even if she didn't understand all of their lingo, she understood the struggles of the heart, she understood they needed Jesus. So, she faithfully presented the gospel year after year after year.

One talk I particularly remember her giving was on singleness. She spoke on how she was 30 and single and wanting to be married. Where I get sometimes down and out about my lack of a significant other, she looked at it a different way. I said, "What if God wants me to be single for the rest of my life?" She told God that she would let him worry about the rest of her life and she could be content for today with being single.

She was a lady who found her contentment in Jesus.

So, heavens are a bit brighter. I can imagine Jo sitting down with Jesus and soaking up everything he had to say.

Jo leaves behind Don, two daughters, and several grandchildren. Please pray for the.

But pray for all of us that like Jo, we can be content for the day for whatever our circumstances.

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Michelle said...

I'm sorry for your loss. I pray God brings comfort to her family and all who knew her.

I needed the reminder to be content whatever the circumstances today - thanks!

ThreeGirlyGirls said...

Oh Amy, I'm so sorry for your loss of your mentor. That's so sad and hard! I'll say a prayer for that family!

cautious1 said...

Sorry to hear about your mentor passing away.

Thanx for the reminder about being happy and content wherever we are in our lives, in spite of our own selfish desires.

BTW, I am working on my prayer life. I am slowly but surely working my way out of the drought. Thanks for asking!

Ally said...

What a beautiful life your friend lived. I know she's rejoicing that she's with her Father now. Thanks for sharing a bit of her story.