Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Remembering my Friend Janet

John 11:25-26 (NIV)

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Today I want to honor my sister-in-Christ and friend, Janet Martinez, who is now out of our sight and beholding the face of our Lord.  I met Janet years ago through mutual friends; friends or better said sisters-in-the Lord. I met her through my sister Diana & brother Ruben. I knew her through Vivian and I knew her via Adrianne.

Something beautiful happens when lives are touched by the Spirit of God.  Ordinary people; people who at one time did not know how much God loved them; regular every day folk living life one day at a time. People with dreams and hopes. Men and women from all walks of life interacting and then sometime happens. Jesus, known to those who hear his voice, as the Shepherd, the Redeemer, enters in and our lives are never the same again.

Yes, never again the same. Yesterday is somehow divided by who we were and who we will be. The Spirit draws us and begins to do a work that only God can do.

How is it that God takes so many different people and somehow creates a family; a family tied by a tangible tenderness and love that we just can't explain.  People not born in our own family line, but knitted together because of our bond in Christ.  It's the linage of Christ. It's a wonderful miracle that I have experienced over and over again.

Look around.  If you have been in the midst of the Body of Christ; his family is BIG! His love for us is immense and it filters down through every vessel, every believer who has been captivated by his Presence. It's a love capable of touching lives and leaving an imprint; a mark that speaks clearly of HIS great love.

Janet showed me that love. Whenever she would see me, she would call me "mamasita". It was her affectionate name for me. (If she called you by that name too, don't ruin it for me, ok :) ) . Her contagious laughter could make any heart begin to smile, and if the laughter continued, you too would shortly join in.  It really was good medicine.

I will miss my sister Janet. I hold on to God's promise; that he who believes in Christ; he who's sins are forgiven and washed by the Blood of the Lamb; he, even though he dies, will live! Janet, I'll meet you at the supper table!

God bless you!~Liz www.lizrod.com


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