Remembering Nancy Young;s Birthday
As I sit to write, to think, I think I'm not sure what to write. I'm not sure I know how to put into words so much of what's in my heart and mind, yet I feel I must try.
It's been two months since Nancy Young passed from life on this earth into the presence of her loving Savior and Lord. This event, this one humble life, has impacted so many lives here and it is still difficult to comprehend the scope of this from our limited, human understanding. To learn of the character of God (He does give us insight to who He is through His word), I can find comfort to know that she is indeed rejoicing in His presence for eternity. God in His grace and mercy just gathered her to Himself, and spared her possibly more than we can imagine. Our human perspective views her passing as untimely; she loved people, loved life, loved God; yet the decision was beyond her choosing, or ours.
Her Heavenly Father knew all along, the time, the plan. Someone wrote recently, "God has prepared a place for the prepared heart." He knew that all of her life had been moving toward that time when she would be prepared to meet God face to face -- we can only imagine.
There is not a day, barely an hour that passes that I do not think of her -- mostly "on purpose," but often thoughts and situations catch me unaware and off guard. I know that I am so not alone in all of this. The tribute to Nancy's life in August at Crescent Park School with the vast number of people showed how much her life touched so many.
There has bee much talk and many plans of things to honor the memory of Nancy. The Dempsey Challenge had 36 participants who raised over $6,000 under The Goat Support Team "banner"; at least 760 t-shirts and sweatshirts have been printed and sold to date, thanks to Barbara, Kathy and staff at Hot Colors with the help of many volunteer hands to sort, fold and deliver; Lainey Cross and Linda Stowell have made and sold well over 200 bracelets; and others have made jewelry pieces to be worn by friends and family.
Everyone affected has special memories of such a special woman -- yard sales, the beach, brownie pudding desserts, bus notes, schedules, hugs, smiles, chocolate in any form and especially M&Ms, NYC, Va. and places in between. The list is endless, each a cherished treasure.
As we move through the grieving process, individually and collectively, it has been heavy on my heart that we would be challenged to "move through" to be changed people in honor of Nancy's memory, but ultimately to live a life desiring to know more of the God she had put her trust in for salvation, for life. This is the truth of a truly changed life. "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new." 2 Cor. 5:17. May we be mindful as we "move through" these next days and weeks, that each breath we draw is a gift from God, to use our space and time well. Each of us can look outside of ourselves and find others around us who can benefit from our time, our prayers, our thoughts and actions that convey kindness, helpfulness and compassion.
In remembrance of your birthday, dear friend, thank you for living a life, with a sweet spirit, that honored God in who you were and all you did. Until ...