Ken, I've been wondering how you are doing. I wept as I read your feelings shared, and Lisa's. It is, of course, difficult to lose anyone we love; but especially someone so personalable to everyone she met. Nothing I say will truly help; the emptiness can only be filled by opening up the door to that empty area to the Lord. He heals, rather than fill it up again, and the healing often seems to be so very slow. But, I want you all to know that I think of you each day, and as I do I pray for you all. And, it's okay to cry.
Remember the song, "What Will I Leave Behind?" There's no guessing when it comes to Cheryl - she touched, in a very special way, everyone she ever met.
I join pastor Ken in his grief
This afternoon, I cried as I read what our daughter, Lisa wrote TODAY. A few days ago, I cried as I read on Judy Kay's Blog: At 5:30 AM on Wednesday, October 25th, my life changed forever. Last week, Ron and Lisa and I cried as we sat here talking about Cheryl.
As a Pastor for over 35 years, I have tried to comfort families and individuals going through where our family is today. It never goes away. The void will never be filled. The reality is not comforting. But our Heavenly Father is more than we could ever need and much more than we deserve.
THANK YOU for all of these notes. I have read them all. As David said about his infant child after his death: 'My son will not come back to me, but I will go to be with him.'... we know where she is. As Paul said: 'She fought the good fight, and her course is over.'.. her crown is there, and we know she LOVED crowns. We WILL see her again, and until we do, the Lord Jesus has a ministry for our children and me. We are not sure what that is right now, but we will strive to be obedient.
Thank you again for your kind words. Our family has been blessed to walk by her side, and as her husband, and the Father of her children, I have never been more honored and proud as when our three children wrote the Obituary, and organized her final service. To our children, you will always be my treasure, and as long as I live, I want to help you remember your Mom with DIGNITY. Your farewell was truly a Proverbs 31 service!
Ken Babington, Dad, Paw Paw
It has been two weeks and I still have no clue how to say goodbye. I miss you more today than yesterday and yesterday was intense pain. You were the most amazing mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, wife and friend. The lessons I have learned throughout my life and even now through your death (wow, so hard seeing those words) are treasures. I want to be just like you when I grow up momma. Kiss Jesus for me, hug Paul and Mary and start decorating our big huge family mansion for us because that's how you always wanted it...to get there first and because of your legacy, your whole family will join you one day. I've never yearned for that more! I adore you mom...loving you through eternity!
Your daughter, Lisa
Ken, we haven't seen you since high school. However, we wanted you to know we care about you. May the Lord comfort you and your family during this period of grief.