As Laura Jean Gautney Black fought breast cancer, she also watched her children grow – though not for nearly long enough. When she died last weekend, her children were just 4, 8 and 9 years old. They'll grow up missing their mother, but will have a wonderful way of remembering her – her letters.
Black wrote a series of letters to her children, on a wide variety of topics – things she wouldn't get a chance to teach them later, thoughts about life, and more. She posted these letters on her online journal, where her children will be able to turn in years to come, both for comfort and their mother's wisdom. She told them about things she finds beautiful: Spending time with people I love. A Sunday afternoon nap. Watching Daddy walk through the door after work. Hearing people pray. Getting a craft my child made. A funny joke. She advised them about friendship: True friends are a rare, genuine, valuable jewel. Make sure you always make the time to invest in those friendships especially as you grow older. In ways both subtle and urgent, she prepared them for the lives they'll have to live without her.
Although Laura Black is gone, she wanted her children to continue to receive reminders of their mother's love. So in her obituary, she requested that friends continue her legacy of letters to her children by sharing with them how her ministry has impacted your life. Though they won't have their mother, her children will be blessed with friends who remember her – and who will help keep her memory alive.
Written by Linnea Crowther