Tuesday, March 15, 2011

fly to Jesus

My heart is heavy. My cousin's daughter just passed away this evening and at first when I heard the news I was just stunned and didn't feel much. But now I want to bawl. I haven't been close with my cousin lately since I live 4 hours away, but in middle school and high school, we were pretty close because she is only a year younger. I remember talking with her late into the night while camping when we were in high school. We were in the back of my dad's suburban away from the rest of the family. She was sharing choices she had made that she had regretted and I was just trying to be a supportive cousin. And now, I wish I was there to give her a hug and let her cry on my shoulder. I can't even imagine what Krista and her husband are feeling...losing their 5 1/2 yr old daughter. I'm thankful for God in their life and that they can have peace knowing Makayla is in heaven now. And free of all her suffering and pain! That might be the most beautiful thing. "Fly to Jesus" by Chris Rice is a favorite song of mine because it has provided hope and peace for me many times in life and now I think of little Makayla in the last verse.

"And with your final heartbeat,
Kiss the world goodbye,
Then go in peace,
and laugh on Glory's side

Fly to Jesus,
Fly to Jesus,
Fly to Jesus and live,

Fly to Jesus,
Fly to Jesus,
Fly to Jesus and live"

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