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Remembering Candace Lee | Karen Budzinski

Remembering Candace Lee

Today is a very sad day. I will be attending the funeral of a brave young lady, a classmate of Bethany’s, who died. All her life she had problems with her heart. Upon speaking to her on occasion at her home, her attitude was always to celebrate what she COULD do; she never focused on what she couldn’t do.

2 Corinthians 4.17-5.8 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.  For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

I sorrow with the Lee family through a loss that I can’t even imagine. A music note has gone from their home. My Dad always told me that when you’re young, you can’t even imagine WHY you would ever want to leave this earth and go to heaven. But as you get older, and more of your loved ones go before you, you long for the day to be reunited for eternity. The Lee family has a piece of their heart and home with Jesus now, and another reason to know that we pilgrims on this earth. We will see Candace again! We sorrow, but NOT as those who do not know and hold this hope as the anchor of our souls.

May Candace’s life inspire all of us to live every day of our lives, and to make today count: don’t wait for tomorrow to live the plan God has for you today!