I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Hos 13:14
We lost a saint yesterday – JoAn Lance.
She was a landmark and a pillar of church; a dear and faithful family member. She is one the Lord promised to ransom from the power of the grave – redeemed from death.
Years ago a stroke affected her mobility, but she did not let it stop her. The words I often used for her was tenacious and fiercely independent. She wanted no pity for her condition – nor did she allow it to stop her from living life.
Ms JoAn used a one hand walker to get around so her walking was slow. She sat at the very rear of the church by the door and during praise and worship I would catch a glimpse of her raising her one good hand in the air and praising God.
During Bible study and Sunday school she always had a great comment to cause everyone to stop and think.
She always came to church. She always walked up the stairs rather than the handicap ramp. She helped prepare for Vacation Bible School. She never idly sat by. Even while hampered by her condition, she did these things.
While Ms Joan did these things (and more) in her condition, there are people with good use of their arms and legs and never go to church; or go just enough to try to make some spiritual appeasement with God.
Ms JoAn fulfilled the words of the Apostle Paul – And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 12:9-10