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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Saying Goodbye

When someone you love passes away, it is never easy to deal with. On Monday my Aunt Norma suffered a massive stroke at work. They were able to restart her heart on the way to the hospital, but she suffered severe brain damage. She passed away today, April 15th, after never regaining consciousness after the stroke.

Death makes your breath catch in your throat.

This Easter Sunday I was thinking about how incredibly blessed my family is. We are a part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

When things started looking down at the beginning of this week, I weighed my blessings. Then, I came upon this post on someone else's blog; it is from a children's bible, and it's simple words told me all I needed to hear.

They nailed Jesus to the cross.

"Father, forgive them, " Jesus gasped. "They don't understand what they are doing."

"You say you have come to rescue us!" people shouted. "But you can't even rescue yourself!"

But they were wrong. Jesus could have rescued himself. A legion of angels would have flown to his side-if he'd called.

"If you were really the Son of God, you could just climb down off that cross!" they said.

And of course they were right. Jesus could have just climbed down. Actually, he could have just said a word and made it all stop. Like when he healed the little girl. And stilled the storm. And fed 5000 people.

But Jesus stayed.

You see, they didn't understand. It wasn't the nails that kept Jesus there.

It was love.

Christ indeed loves us. He lives. He rescued each one of us, and he broke the bands of death that each person on this earth will be able to walk again just as He does.

We'll miss you, Norma. No one could ever forget your smile, or how your laugh would burst from your chest infecting every person in the room. Until another day...


Erin said...

It seems like this Easter I thought more about that aspect too than past years. It make me warm from the inside and humbles me to my core.

Sweet is the peace the gospel brings.

Wendi said...

Sorry about your aunt. Loved your post. Makes you think.

marciea casselman said...

I'm sorry about your Aunt Norma. I think the resurrection and the atonement are what give us hope each day in our lives.
Thanks for sharing.

Trent and Steph said...

Sorry about you loss.

k&kchamberlain said...

I love the post and I love you my friend. I add my witness to yours that happiness can be found only through the gospel and atonement of Jesus Christ.

Kandyce said...

Sorry about your Aunt. You amaze me Amylee! My thoughts are with you and your fam!

The Harveys said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Losing someone close always brings you closer to those things you find comfort and peace in.

Brody and Ashley said...

That was beautiful. Thank you.

Nate, Cami and Crew said...

You are such a sweetheart. It is comforting to know that she is with those that love her, though we will miss her sweet laugh and how good her perfume smelled when she would give you a hug. She was truly a unselfish person, always, always giving to someone else.

cole linnae said...

love you. youre in my prayers amylee nicoll!

Phyllis said...

Please accept our love and sympathy in the loss of your Aunt Norma. How blessed we are to know the Lord's plan of life.
Love Grandma Nicoll