Sister Lillie Died…
After ninety-four years here, she decided to go on Home. She up and did it. She died in faith. And it was not in this life only that she had hope. No! She had that living hope whose origin can be traced back through millennia to an empty tomb in Palestine.
In this life she endured as though seeing Him Who is invisible. And though she hadn’t seen Him with her eyes, she loved Him and through her faith connection to Him she was filled with unspeakable and glorious joy.
She believed in life after death, but she also believed in life before death; for she fully embraced the life that Jesus came to give her and found it to be abundant life! Her life was filled with the love of her family, her church, her friends and her Lord. The purposes to which she set herself were pursued with determination and loyalty. She had the gifts of serenity from God enabling her to accept things she couldn’t change, and of courage to make the needed changes she could, along with the wisdom to tell the difference.
She showed us how to bear hardships and sorrows with grace…a lesson more precious to us with each passing day. She lived long upon the earth and when she left us, though she died physically, our Lord indicated that there is a real sense in which she didn’t and couldn’t die…for He said…“she (he) that lives and believes in me shall never die. She believed in Him while she lived and so possessed undying life. There are precious people God scatters like seed among the relationships of our lives…people who, when we are wavering, help us stand up…people who, when we think of quitting, help us not to…people who empower us to believe that goodness is, after all, possible to us and is worth pursuing. And people like that are sometimes called, “Lillie.” One of these days we will go looking for her. She is not lost to us for we know where to find her.