Larry wasn’t at our He Is Alive! Party the Saturday before Resurrection Day. I wondered because Larry never misses Special Gathering of Vero, a ministry within the developmentally disabled community. Our mission is evangelism and discipleship. However, our supervisor told me that she had been told that Larry wouldn’t be at the party. Larry’s mom had been in the hospital for a small speck that had been found on her brain. Yet, I’d been told that things were good and that she left the hospital without surgery.
When I received a voice message yesterday from his mother, Jackie, I was sad because I knew that this wasn’t a good sign. In honesty, I waited for an hour to respond; because I wanted to prepare myself for what I would hear from her.
Neither of us planned on developing a friendship. But Saturday after Saturday, Jackie and I exchanged pleasant information about family and Larry. The result, we have become friends. She appreciates how much Larry loves the Lord because of his faithfulness to Special Gathering. I love her willingness to bring him each week, on time. She’s never late to pick him up after the chapel services. As we have gotten to know each other, a genuine love has developed that goes beyond our mutual relationship with Larry.
In short, in the week between appointments with the local doctor and the Orlando specialist, the tumor’s size has doubled. They believe that it is cancerous and the growth is alarming. We talked for a few minutes; and she filled me in with all the details.
Then I asked her about her relationship with the Lord. I felt that she was a Christian but I wanted to be sure. ”Yes,” she assured me. ”I know the Lord. He is my Savior.”
For a few minutes, we cried together. I’m sure that she could not tell that I was crying and I know that I’m supposed to maintain a more ministerial aura. However, there are some people who worm their way into your heart and eat that veneer with their love. Jackie is one of those people. After our conversation, I was thankful that she had called on Resurrection Day because the joy and hope of new life was burning in my spirit.
The assurance of life eternal is the result of Christ’s resurrection. The Bible tells us in Roman 8:11, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.” No matter what the outcome, Jackie is in the Lord’s hands.
What are some of the good things you have had happen on Resurrection Day?