Sunday, March 7, 2010

Coram Deo Merry Nell!

Tonight was Merry Nell's Celebration Service.  The Franciscan-esque Evangelical Free Church was packed to overflowing.  Lisa shared on behalf of all of those in our cancer support group that Merry Nell led.  Dr. Lisa has Stage 4 breast cancer metastasized to her liver, like Merry Nell.  They are both alive!  Lisa's with us and Merry Nell is Face-to-Face with Him.  I wept as Lisa's beautiful words on behalf of all of us flowed from such a good place in her heart.  She talked about the Hope we found in our darkest days.  And nothing, not even cancer, can take away that hope.  Rom 8:37-39.

Merry Nell's husband, Clif, spoke of his warrior wife who had battled breast cancer over the past three decades defying all odds to live.  And live she did---in His Presence here and now there!
She led well.
She lived well.
She loved well.
She suffered well.

At the Reception in the Community Hall, Clif came up and introduced himself to me and thanked me for coming to his wife's funeral.  Amazing.  He wanted to know how I knew the love of his life.  I told him about the first cancer support group meeting where I met Merry Nell.  I had started radiation the day before and was terrified of it.  One of the darkest times of my life to surrender to the 3-foot thick door that shut like the sound of thunder to me.  God gave me Exodus 14:14 that morning before I attended the group.  "The LORD will fight for you.  You need only be still!"  Then I met Merry Nell.  It was my turn to share my story.  When I finished, Merry Nell shared with a sparkle in her eye: God wants you to know Exodus 14:14 "The LORD will fight for you.  You need only be still."  Over 31,000 verses and God brings that one to her mind.  Merry Nell offered me hope that dark day as she brought that Word to me.  And as I came to know her through the group, her story gave me such courage to surrender in a very dark time for me.

Tonight, as I shared with Clif about his precious wife, he beat me to the punchline.  Clif said to me:  "There's a verse that you remind me of that meant a lot to Merry Nell that I want to share with you...Exodus 14:14. How did he know?  I had hours earlier written the verse in their guest book.  With tears streaming down my face, I thanked this new friend who just lost the love of his life.  He said they had shared a million moments of love.

Well Done, Merry Nell.  Enter the joy of your Master, Redeemer, King, Blessed Assurance, Rescuer, Healer.  Coram Deo!

8 comments:

annette 3/08/2010  

Beautiful tribute to Merry. And God's special gift of Ex. 14:14 to be the watchword for you. Our God is so personal, and attends to each of us. How Clif had that kind of strength in such a difficult time amazes me. God gave him a gift, too, to hear your story of what Merry meant to you, and each of those he visited with.

What a celebration, so beautiful, so bittersweet, tender. You've been on my heart all week. Thank you for testifying once again how God transforms the tragic into a beautiful example of His love. He loves you so much, Bev, through it all. Love you, dear friend. Annette

Mary Lou 3/08/2010  

There are no words...Annette said them all, I echo every single word that she wrote. Praying for you, loving you, with eyes that have never seen your physical face, but I have seen and do see your beautiful heart.
Love, Mary Lou

twinkle 3/08/2010  

That verse is my verse during this difficult time of my own. No cancer...mine is more of a "heart" matter.
I just love how God spoke through Clif to give you hope. Merry must have prayed for that before her passing. May God and God alone be the comforter in this family who has said goodbye to such a Proverbs 31 woman.
Thank you for sharing.

Sharon Brumfield 3/10/2010  

That is a precious story. How sweet of the Lord to continue to reaffirm the words He gave you.
What an incredible journey you are on...I am so glad that you have this support group right there with you. And how sweet that you were able to touch the heart of this hurting husband.
It is so sweet to know that your encouraging friend is waiting for you in the future and not lost to the past.
When I hear of one of our sisters or brothers going home...it makes my heart long even more for what is to come.
Thank you for continuing here during your battle....it reminds me how important it is to keep God at the center during this time. I so wish that my friend who is battling cancer could see the hope that you are finding in the Lord.
I will continue to remind her that He is there to hold and comfort her. Sometimes it is hard to find the words to say.

Alana 3/11/2010  

What a beautiful testimony and story. How are you, my friend? How are you feeling? Think of you and pray for you often.

THE OLD GEEZER 3/18/2010  

Psalm 136:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

THE OLD GEEZER 4/02/2010  

EASTER GREETINGS FROM THE OLD GEEZER

I PRAY YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY CELEBRATING RESURRECTION SUNDAY.

HE IS RISEN!

GOD BLESS YOU, RON

Mariel 4/04/2010  

what a beautiful example of Christ she must've been to those around her. Beautiful post.

Praying for Our Friend Joanne Psalm 131:3 Waiting on God. Hope Now. Hope Always.

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