being like Jesus in life and death: a real life example this weekend

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If you follow over on the Facebook page, you might have seen this update on Saturday:
Would you guys do me a favor and pray for a sweet girl I know named Erin and all of her family?  
She lost her husband Jason last night in a horrible accident- he and another man stopped to help a woman trapped in her car after a wreck on a very dangerous road, and both Erin's husband and the other man were hit by an oncoming car and killed. Jason was just 33, and they had their first baby a few months ago.

I can't imagine what she {or their families} must going through right now. I know he was a believer, and we will see him again, but what an unexpected loss for those sweet people. Would you please pray for supernatural comfort for the families involved now, and as you think of them?

So glad to be a part of the body of Christ today- thank you for carrying the burdens of others to the Lord.
It was such a sad weekend for us- it was so heavy on my heart. I couldn't stop thinking about Erin, and praying for their family. I couldn't sleep Friday night, and kept imagining how waking up on Saturday morning would feel for her. I know how I would react if it were me- I wouldn't leave my bed for many days, I'm almost certain.

But what did sweet Erin do? 

On Saturday, she went to meet the girl Jason was trying to save when he died. She comforted her in her grief, told her it wasn't her fault, and even showed her a picture of her husband.

Oh, I couldn't stop crying when I heard that. 

Erin, who lost her husband less than 24 hours before, went and met this heartbroken woman and hugged her neck and told her she wasn't to blame.

She was Jesus to her. 

I can't help but worship the Lord at the thought of it. Who is this GOD? The God that gives grace and strength in such a way?

It's amazing.  And so not of this world. I know it only comes from God- but my human mind still can't fully comprehend it.

I praise God for Erin's willingness to be a vessel of love and forgiveness to the hurting. She is the most beautiful picture of Christ, and her love for the Lord is incredible, as was her husband's.

What an example and a testimony of the love of Jesus- her husband died trying to save another, and in the midst of her grief, Erin is loving on the one her husband died trying to save. She's showing her who her God is, and where her hope is found. 

And the story doesn't even stop there. The strength God has given this woman continues to amaze me.  Oh, He is good, you guys. So good.

Erin lives here in East Texas, and though I've only known her for a few years, and talked with her a few times in person, Abbie has known her for much longer, and she's sharing more of the story over here today.

If you can, go read it, and if you would, please continue to keep Erin and her family and friends in your prayers?  

And thank you so much, sweet friends, for pouring out your love and prayers on someone you don't know. I am continually in awe of that fact that we are a body of believers- sisters and brothers in the Lord- and that we mourn together as one, because of the love of Jesus. What a wonderful privilege it is to know you all. I can't wait to hug your necks. :)


Adrienne Reina said...

Praying for both ladies, so encouraging. Blesses my heart.

Lis said...

This is just so sad, but what an AMAZING testimony to me as a believer.

Katherine said...

Love this pin :)

Dorothy said...

I sent the poem The Weaver. I have been praying for your friend Erin. If you think the poem might bring Erin some comfort please forward. The comments at the end of the poem are not mine but I liked what they said

Dorothy said...

Written by B.M. Franklin (1882-1965)

My life is just a weaving
Between my Lord and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaves so skillfully.

Sometimes He weaveth sorrow
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.

Not ‘til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And explain the reasons why-

The dark threads are as needful,
In The Weaver’s skillful hands
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

up I remember hearing this poem as a song and although I don’t believe
the artist ever made it to any CCM awards, it ranks as one of my all
time favorites. How often we see dark threads in our lives or in the
lives of others and wonder “why?”. The death of an only child, a mother
taken by cancer, a fire rages and destroys a family’s home, a man beat
up while trying to help a young lady in distress, a woman contemplating
ending her life. How often do we think, “God couldn’t possibly use
this for His Glory or my good”. And yet, I have seen time and again
where God, in His infinite wisdom has taken the most challenging
circumstances and redeemed the brokenness, brought healing and has used
what Satan has meant for harm and used it for His glory.

When you
find yourself in difficult circumstances, remember that He sees the
finished canvas…Trust in Him and “fix your eyes on Jesus…the author and
perfecter of your faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the
cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of God.
Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you
will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Heb. 12:2-3)

Abigail P. said...

Thank you for sharing this, Mandy! I can't help but think that I would be nowhere near this strong if God decided to take my husband in this way. I will be praying for Erin and her family so hard today and in the days to come!

mandyBH said...

I don't think I would be either- it's so amazing to see. thank you for praying! His service is tomorrow. :( Thank you for lifting them up in prayer, friend!

Beth said...

Hi I read your blog regularly but didn't realize you were quite so close. The accident you are talking about happened about 10-15 minutes from my house. Horrific. I like you have prayed for these people for the past few days. They cross my mind often. Thank you for this post. The more prayers this family can receive the better. I pray God can give peace to all who are involved.

mandyBH said...

Wow- you must live close by. I think it has affected our entire community- or at least the people I know here very much. Thank you for praying for them! I know your prayers are working! thank you.

prayernotesbycynthia said...

I will keep Erin and her family in my prayers.She is an example of how Christ would have us behave in a time of distress, hurt and pain. Take care, Mandy.

mandyBH said...

thank you, sweet lady!