Monday, February 14, 2011

Precious Memory

My sister-in-law (Beverly's sister) and her family presented Beverly and me with a precious gift a couple of weeks ago. For each day in our February ordeal (Feb.4-22), they gave us sealed notes sharing special memories of Jenny. Each morning I get up with anticipation to read my daily devotional and Bible reading -- and the note of the day.

While each day's has been a treasure,today's was extra-special to me. I want to share it on this blog:

One of my most powerful memories of Jenny is from a high school retreat at Camp Deer Run called "Lay Your Burdens Down" where she was a counselor. The highlight of the retreat was after an exercise of carrying burdens through a field and learning how great it is to truly give them to the Lord. After that, the campers came into the pavilion that we had decorated in white and gold and set up as a banquet. As each one came into the room, the "angels" greeted each one and gave them a white robe and a golden crown. Jenny was an "angel." She was absolutely precious in that role! She looked each one of them in the eye as she crowned them and told them how great heaven is and that she was so glad that they were there! Then, Jenny, Cecil and Mike Montana sang, "How Beautiful" and it was truly life-changing!

I picture my daughter filling that role in heaven right now. In fact, Beverly recently had a dream about a friend who was sick being greeted in heaven by Jenny. Later, she found out that friend had passed away a couple of hours before her dream.



5 comments:

Kristen said...

What an amazing gift! As a parent, I can imagine the incredible pride and joy you feel knowing how many people Jenny touched during her short life on this Earth. She continues to touch people in a different way now.

Lauren said...

What a beautiful memory

Jeff said...

A beautiful story. Thank you for sharing today. I love you brother.

Kyle R. said...

That is a very thoughtful and special gift. Very special...

Miranda said...

I was at this retreat, and I vividly remember this activity. Jenny was a beautiful angel then, and I know she is a beautiful angel in Heaven today. We're praying for you guys. Love you all very much.