As I worked my way back through her thoughts, dreams, aspirations, expectations - her hope for the future - I became mesmerized by the strength of Julie's spirit. By her unbound faith in God. Her zest - a quest - for life. And for health. I was also moved by the profound and unbridled love she expressed for her husband and family.
In Keep The Fire Burning (read it here), I found her epitaph - and a powerful one it is. Included are these words:
This is my time to shine, so whether that light shines on Earth or in Heaven, may God's will be done.I'm reminded of the epitaph that poet John Keats wrote for himself on his deathbed:
"Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water"Unlike John Keats, a man of world renown who died a lonely and bitter man, Julie Whitt wanted us all to know that she lived and loved and made a difference. And was happy. Breath of Heaven was written for all time and for all to see and share. Those of us she left behind here on earth are the better for it.
May she rest in peace.
On a separate note: Paula and I decided last week to add St. Jude Childrens Hospital to the list of organizations to which we regularly send donations. You might consider pitching in a few bucks as well. There are so many stories being written. So many battles being won ... and lost.