This week we joined with others in the heart-rending task of laying to rest a dear friend and sister in the Lord, Joyce Young. She is ‘Joyce’ to Rhonda and I and many others. She will always be ‘Wife’ to her husband, ‘Mother’ to their children, ‘Sister’ to her siblings and ‘Mamaw’ to the little ones. She will be remembered by many different titles by many different folks. By those privileged to be a part of her life she will always be known as an encourager, a prayer warrior, an intercessor and friend. By those who understand her heart, she is a Person of Honor and a Woman of Faith. But most importantly, she is a daughter of The King and a Child of The Most High. She is and will be missed which means she added great value to the lives of all whose path she crossed.
Father, as we step into this Your Shabbat, may Your Peace be manifest and tangible in and to the friends and family members struggling with the absence of this one who played such an important role in their lives. Allow Your Presence and Peace to overwhelm us all as this pain gives way to the warm, fond memories of this one you blessed us with for a season. Father, thank you for Joyce.