My dear sweet Aunt Diana went home to be with the Lord today after her hard-fought battle with Leukemia. As you can imagine, this has been an incredibly difficult time for our family.
There are so many things about this that we don't understand. We don't know how she got leukemia. We don't know why she had to suffer. We don't know how we can ever heal from this. Right now, it doesn't feel like it's possible to live and love and laugh again. We don't know why our family has to go through this.
But, because of what we do know, none of that matters.
We know that God is in control. We know that He loves us. We know that He will bring us peace and comfort. We know that God is sovereign. We know that He has promised us a home with Him if we love Him and seek His will. We know that He is our God and we are His people. We know that we are the sheep of His pasture. We know that He is still, just as He has always been, worthy of our praise. We know that He is our shelter in this time of storm. We know that, even in this time of such hurt and confusion, He is our Father and His mercy is everlasting.
When I think of Aunt Diana, there are so many things that come to mind. I could sit here and type out a string of adjectives such as sweet, caring, hugable, loving, incredible, hard-working, feisty, radiant, and thoughtful. Every single one of those things are true, but they are just so cliche'. They don't do her justice.
Around the end of January, in the midst of her battle for her life, Aunt Diana sent me this handmade card:
On the inside, she had written: Dear Chelle, I just want you to know that you are in my heart and prayers. I pray that the Lord will bless you and Chris with a precious baby. You will be such great parents. Love you bunches! Hugs, Diana
And that's who she was. She was the type of person who gave encouragement even when she was fighting for her own life.
We love her so much, and will miss her more than words can say.