May 26, 2015
Hope that you had a pleasant Memorial Weekend – The Lord truly blessed us with amazing weather.
On Memorial Day we had a celebration of life for Bonnie Twele – Bonnie was 68 years old, and battled lung cancer for just two months until she went home to be with the Lord. It is a mystery to me as I have seen God do miracles in people’s lives that were just flat sinners, and to know Bonnie’s love for Christ and for the Lord to take her home. I was praying to the Lord about this and the Lord spoke to my heart and said her time here is over – but her life is just beginning. Two women in the church had separate visions of a young Bonnie running through a field of long grass and had joy on her face as she skipped and danced before the Lord. There is such peace in knowing Christ.
I love some of the comments about our Beloved Bon-Bon – She was a spicy woman, or she was like an M&M – hard on the outside, but sweet on the inside. The presence of the Lord was all over that sharing time, and I talked with several of her family members that told me how much Bonnie had touched their lives by her witness to them. Bonnie was one of those people that knew that she knew that she knew, that substance of faith that believed the promises of God. By the grace of God we will see her again – and what a day, what a glorious day that will be.
We sang her favorite hymn – The Old Rugged Cross:
“So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.”
Someday we will exchange this world, and our bodies for the crown that the Lord has prepared for us.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
Blessings to you – I pray that you will persevere through each trial.