In God’s Time – Dealing with loss
By Kim Roberts
I still can not wrap my head around the recent death of a dear friend. Shannon never met a stranger, she was the most caring, giving, Christian woman that I have ever met. Her smile, which seemed to be always present, literally lit up any room she entered.
In my 13 years of friendship with her, I can not recall a time when she was not upbeat, happy and witnessing for our savior. Even in her extended battle with cancer, she grew closer to God and completely understood his role in our lives.
I will miss so much about my sweet friend – her weekly inspirations on Facebook, her presence in my life, shared experiences with our children and her eternal optimism. Even when she received the news not too long ago that the treatments were no longer working and I called to check on her, it was her that ended up consoling me as I cried about the prognosis.
We prayed, we laughed and she let me know that everything was going to be okay. God in his wisdom had her, and whatever his will she would accept.
I felt a bit guilty for bothering her with my emotions and selfish sadness about the possibility of losing her, but in true Shannon form, she made me feel better and reflect on God’s role in my life and that his timing is perfect.
I can’t express with mere words the void her death has left upon all who were lucky enough to know her, but I do know without doubt, that heaven has gained a glorious angel who is singing and dancing for the Lord, and she will watch over her family and friends and always guide them back to God.
In the words of my son’s teacher from Jesuit, Father Raymond Fitzgerald, “I am better for knowing you,” my special friend Shannon. You will be desperately missed, but never forgotten.