August 14th, 2012 by Mike Enright
As a church community, we’ve been on a challenging pilgrimage over the past year, as we’ve journeyed with Dawn, our Youth Pastor, since she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. That journey ended for Dawn at 9am on Tuesday morning this week, and she is now in the presence of the Lord she loved and served with such joyful zeal – a place where there will be “no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation21:4) …
For us, there is still sorrow and tears. We still live in this “already but not yet” world, where the Kingdom of God has come, the victory of God on our behalf has been won in the resurrection of Jesus – but we still await the final revelation of that victory, the final consummation of that Kingdom. And meanwhile, death, suffering, sadness and loss remain part of the deal.
This is a tough time for our whole church community, and certainly for our young people. I think we’ve done really well in supporting Dawn and Merrilyn, and each other, during this past year. Let’s continue to care for and support Merrilyn, and each other, in the days ahead. In so doing, we will demonstrate the glory of this Kingdom – a Kingdom of which we are citizens whether we dwell in this world or the next.