Grace is what we receive but don't deserve.
My oldest sister, Mericia, was deeply faithful.
She was 18 years older and very old
fashioned. Today, she would
probably be the poster child for traditional
Not me, in 5th grade I became a feminist.
Accepting of all people and unconventional.
Commencing my magnetism for
At home, we were raised traditionally,
men would eat first, then the women and then
the women would clear and wash up.
Boys were given enough rope to hang
themselves and girls were watched closely.
Yeah, whatever, this is America and I was not
going to conform.
With two small children, my beautiful
36 six year old sister was diagnosed
with cancer. A death sentence of 6 months.
Her physician sent her home
to get her affairs in order.
She kept journals and recorded a
message for each of her children.
She prayed daily for a little more
time with her children. She was
faithful and didn't complain.
In a twist of cruelty, from the
radiation, she lost the ability to tear.
She could cry but the relief from tears
did not come.
My witness of her suffering,
her unwavering faith, and
commitment helped plant the
seed of compassion.
She held a deep belief,
no matter what
suffering was sustained
here on earth, her
reward would be in heaven.
She believed this with absolute conviction.
I am a better person for having
loved her. By witnessing grace,
my spirit grew.
Mericia lived on
for 7 years beyond her diagnosis.
She'd say, "We never know."
Be grateful in all things.
Not only the good, but
what develops our spirit,
what expands our servant
attitude, and in all things
prepare for His
For these things and so much more
I am truly blessed.
Happy Thanksgiving my beloved.
| Mr. Lee's siblings. Top: Patrick, Ginny, Mr. Lee |
Spouses Bottom: Denise, John, me