I couldn’t let this long day go by without remembering. Why is the past so readily available in my mind on days like this? It was nineteen years today and about this very hour–that I said goodbye to my baby sister for the last time. When I think about inspiring people–the one that comes to my mind first is Sara. God gave her a voice–a loud, purposeful voice, that said, “Cancer, you will not have the final say on how I live my life!” She was bold. She was a cantankerous teenager and she was more gracious than anyone I’ve ever known.
I know some have said I’ve inspired them in some way and that encourages me to keep pressing on as a writer. I want to thank those that take the time to say that–from the bottom of my heart. In the back of my mind though, are the images of Sara and all the friends I have that have had cancer. They inspire me. Today I feel so blessed by Sara’s inspiration and that God chose her as one of my special sisters. I am inspired by the way she allowed God to change the course of her life at such a young age. I am continually inspired by the endurance that she had in the cancerous race marked out for her. She didn’t let the tubes, the experimental chemo concoctions, or the neuropathy keep her on the sidelines. No, she kicked cancer’s butt by the power of the Holy Spirit and left an unforgettable legacy behind. Anyone who has ever known her, never forgot the prize she won in the end.
I have not forgotten. God has not forgotten–and Lord willing in 2016/2017 you too will read a novel inspired by her true story. It will be a story that you will not forget either. Her life will impact you more than I ever could. I’m just the scribe with the pen but she lived the story and I can’t wait to share it with you!
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV