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Monday, January 19, 2009

Something to Share
If you were in church on Baptism of our Lord Sunday you heard me preach about Baptism, of course, and the life of a young woman named Samantha. Sam to her friends. Let me share what was shared this evening in the journal written by her family that kept all of us in the loop as to her story:

It is with heartbreaking sorrow that I must tell everyone that Samantha passed away today. She was welcomed by God tonight at 6:00pm.Be angry, be mad, yell, cry and then smile. Smile to yourself in the mirror, smile to your mate, smile to your family and friends, smile to strangers. That is what Sam would do. Share her smile with everyone you know, it is infectious. She could melt anyone’s heart with her beautiful smile. Cancer might have taken her life but she had the last laugh. No matter how hard the cancer or the cure attacked her she could still smile through it. Everyday she would smile at strangers and friends alike and we would forget about her pain for a short moment. Her smile healed us. She loved life, she loved her friends she loved her family and she loved her Jordan. She expressed it everyday with a smile and laugh. What is really amazing is that as an infant Samantha would wake up with the sourest face. A smile was the farthest thing from her mind. Somewhere along the line she learned that smiling was more useful then frowning, and laughing was better than crying. So today and every day share a little bit of Sam with everyone, smile at them and make their day a little better. That is what Sam would do. So be angry, be mad, yell, cry and then smile.

1 comment:

Kristin said...

I'm so sorry for this loss--but so grateful that this story reminds us of how short a time we're here and how much we need to smile.