High Tea at Cheryl’s

How are you? My life has become a bit too full to really recount, but I will tell you about this afternoon. My dear, dear friend Cheryl, who has so valiantly fought breast cancer, has recently been given a diagnosis that she only has 2-6 months left to live on this earth due to brain and lung metastases. As you can imagine, this is very devastating news for all of us who are close to her. She has balance problems and can no longer stand without assistance, and so a team of family and friends are helping care for her. I watch her three mornings a week, and I count it as a privilege…one of the many opportunities for ministry that I could not enjoy if I were working somewhere full time. At any rate, Cheryl’s mother-in-law hosted a fabulous “high tea” this afternoon for Cheryl and a group of us to celebrate life together. Although we all are grieving the upcoming loss of Cheryl’s fellowship, we are greatly consoled to know that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8). What a precious Savior and Shepherd we have in Jesus Christ, our Lord!

3 thoughts on “High Tea at Cheryl’s

  1. Cheryl is the one at the far end closest to the window. If you look closely, you will notice that she’s lost almost all her hair because of the chemo. To her right is her daughter, Ellen, and to her left is her long, long time closest friend, Lois, who watches her faithfully WHENEVER anyone else can’t, including 3 afternoons. She’s wonderful! Was it Spurgeon who said everything he learned of grace during the sunny times could be fit on the head of a pin? At any rate, hard times teach us the most, and it’s through the challenges that we see the love of God shine out so brightly.

  2. I’m so, so sorry to hear of Cheryl’s diagnosis. I know she will be greatly missed by all her dear friends and family. I’m glad that you are able to spend so much time ministering to her. I know that is a huge blessing to her as she needs more and more help.

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