A few years ago, while it seems like yesterday, I was at a Women of Faith event in Indy. It was the Saturday morning session and Sheila Walsh was speaking. Many times over the course of going to Women of Faith events there would be a car accident or loss of a loved one that would be announced from the stage and we would take a moment to pray. I always felt bad for those people but went on about the day. Well, it was on this Saturday morning Sheila was concluding her talk and I was not very engaged so I was checking Facebook. I sat there stunned as I was reading that Collette had been killed in a house fire. I wanted to SCREAM not her! Noooo! This is all a bad dream! I sent a message to one of the youth that we had worked with in Iowa and asked her if t was true and she said “yes.” I immediately got out of my seat and went up to the concourse to call Josh and tell him we had to go out to Iowa. We HAD to be there for the kids. I didn’t care what we had to do but we needed to be present! Josh did the funeral. It was a hard day to go back, we were there, we were present. Collette lived a life that was full of joy. She always had a smile on her face. She had the joy of Jesus! I remember when she was baptized. She was always involved in whatever activity was going on at church. She LIVED a life that shined Jesus.
“…..let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”