Saturday, October 17, 2009

An Angel's Wings

Yesterday was a difficult day in our household, but not as difficult as it was for another family here in our town! My heart is heavy, but theirs is much heavier.

God called Angel Burnett home early yesterday morning after a long fight with cancer. She was only 37 years old and was the mother to three small children whose ages are about 9, 7 and 4.

Look at this beautiful mother:


Our local newspaper wrote an article on her story in February of 2008, click HERE to read more about her journey with cancer. Her spirit is completely revealed in this story!

Ever since I heard her story, it has touched me and I'm sure most people. I thought about and said many prayers for her and her family. We have so much in common....yet she had cancer.

I did not personally know Angel, but I have many friends who did. Our children go to the same school and her son is in the Princess' third grade class this year.

Her story is one of inspiration to all who hear it. Her faith in God was unshakable. This quote is from her Caring Bridge journal:

"my faith and trust is in the Almighty God who gives me the strength and perseverance to go on....Our God is good and He will lead us on the correct path. My trust is in Him for HE is bigger than any cancer that is in my body."

I have talked to many of the people who knew Angel and they all said the same things:
  • She always had a smile on her face
  • She NEVER complained
  • Her faith was strong
  • She is an inspiration
  • She was a strong woman
  • She was a blessing to all who knew her

I had a very difficult job yesterday as I called the Princess into her bedroom to tell her the news. It was hard. We cried. I had to try and explain to an 8 year old why God takes mommies to heaven. I don't know why God takes mommies to heaven. I just don't. And it completely breaks my heart!

I can't help but think of myself and how I would react to such horrid news as cancer. I have a faith in my God, but I'm not sure my faith is even a fraction of what Angel's was.

I'm sure Angel went through all the normal emotions with her initial diagnosis, and she chose to trust in her Almighty Lord and Saviour as she went through each day. Her strength was for her husband, her kids and her family. Her friends said she never felt sorry for herself or complained about the road God chose for her.

She faced the challenge head on and fought the fight.....ultimately she lost, but was truly still the winner! For today she is an Angel in heaven!

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me … Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of
my life" (Psalm 23:4,6a, NIV).


The Glamorous Life said...

I know this happens every day, every place.... A child loses a beloved parent. I KNOW IT.

And yet? It never feels right does it?

I will pray for this family...and for all the families going thru the same thing RIGHT THIS MOMENT.

Thanks for sharing...

Cindy Perkins said...

Angel was truly created in God's image and she glorified his name with her life each and every day. I will miss her beautiful smile and sweet spirit until once I again I seem them in Heaven. Heaven became a richer place yesterday when Angel arrived.

Muthering Heights said...

I'm so sorry for your loss!

jennifer said...

This breaks my heart Tammy. I've had to talk to my child about death also and it was so hard.

Prayers for Angel's family, and prayers for your community.

Heather said...

That is so sad! What a beautiful woman she was! Time is definitely flying, but we'll find some time to get together. Maybe we need to fry another turkey like we did last year:)

Carolina Mama said...

Heart Breaking for sure. I am so sorry for you and the children. Prayers coming to Alabama! God Bless!