A year ago today I got a call from my mom crying telling me my sweet friend had passed away. Marlin was like a sister to me, we grew up together, our moms are best friends. She was another daughter to my mom as well. Marlin called me every birthday, Mother's Day and Christmas (she didn't miss one). She was hard-working, sweet, and enjoyed life to the fullest! In memory of her I ran 5 miles early this morning (I know that doesn't seem like much but it kicked my butt)! Anyways, I cried some, prayed lots, and thought about how I could make sense of losing someone I loved so much. I have learned to not take the ones I love for granted. I have learned to take pictures no matter how I look or feel. I have learned to enjoy life right this minute, where I am at not wait to enjoy it. And though I cannot understand losing such a wonderful person at the age of 28, I can understand that God is BIG and full of HOPE when everything seems HOPEless. On Monday, June 30th, Mary (Marlin's big sister, my other sister) gave birth to a sweet baby girl Marlin Isabel Tyson! I will end by sharing a verse that God consoled me with and I was able to share at Marlin's Memorial a year ago:
Nayibe, I am sorry you lost your friend, your sister.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
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