Sadly, Julie was suddenly admitted to intensive care in March with an unexpected, serious condition. A few week's later, as she was recovering, she sent an e-mail to our small group...and she asked us to send her Bible verses. She was quite hopeful about joining us at the end of the year.
I told her that while I was recovering from surgery many years ago, these verses strengthened me:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. II Corinthians 1:3-5A week later, the afternoon before Good Friday, she passed away.
When I attended her funeral the following week, I learned that she was born on Easter Sunday. Sad as we were, we rejoiced that this year she spent Easter with her Savior in Heaven.
Julie led another Bible study apart from our small group. She loved digging deeply into her Bible. The family had difficulty choosing her favorite verses to share, because much of her Bible was underlined.
I remember discussing John 15 with her in small group. We talked about bearing fruit. I guess some of that comes as a result of the verses I shared above, II Corinthians 1:3-5.
I really don't know how to end this. My heart still holds some grief, even though I rejoice that she is with her Savior now.
Actually, Julie would want me to share an invitation with my readers to join a Bible Study Fellowship near them. BSF is international with meetings for men, meetings for women, and meetings for children. Next year we will study Romans.