For the past year we have been walking the journey with our friends Dave and Linda as medics discovered Brain Tumors in Linda that could not be operated on. Both Dave and Linda have been examples of the reality of faith derived from walking with God for many years, not in the absence of doubt, but with the greater assurance of what God said, He will make good on.
Linda died in Daves arms on Thursday night. Of course this has not been easy for us. Linda and Kathy were great mates and enjoyed walking the Great Wall in China together. Loosing Mike and Linda within 6 months of each other brings bewilderment.
My brother Chris met Linda twice. She and Dave came to visit on Saturday 1st August, the day Mike died. Linda prepared a meal for us all. Chris was so impressed, but even more so when Linda said it was just for us and their family would head back 300 miles south. Linda sent us the most fantastic photo album of Mike from when he was 4 until 17, with loads of happy memories of the two families.
Here was a lady, facing her own struggles and yet she was showering us with love. Linda “looked out and up”.
I was supposed to fly to the USA on the 12th from London Gatwick, 330 miles south of Carlisle. Due to snow in Atlanta my plane was delayed for 3 days. I drove over to see Dave and Linda. What a privilege to hold Linda’s hand at her bedside, read Psalms and pray for an hour or so.
We pray continuously for Dave, Luke, Ben and Beth that they may experience God’s Grace, Mercy, Love and Glory in a similar fashion to us.