Sunday, August 27, 2006

Memory Eternal

Lynette Hoppe has left our world. I thank God that her passing was quick and without a lot of prolonged pain and suffering. By all accounts she was cheerful up until the end.

It was a shock for me to see the pictures they put up of Lynette, on the website Pray for Lynette because she looked like she was aging decades each day. Looking at the pictures you could tell that her liver was failing, as her skin was very yellow. But I am so glad to have seen Lynette's life and death, the part of it that I was able to see, because usually death is kept away from us. We don't see death; we only hear creepy stories about it and if we see a body it's all nice and made up by the mortician. The way Paul put it was that in our society, death is seen as shameful. It's the "other" from the youth that our society has as it's ideal.

So I was glad to see Lynette, emaciated and yellow, looking to be about 80 years old (she was in her early 40s, I think) but with that wonderful smile on her face. The people who were with her when she died said that 20 or 30 minutes *after* she died a big smile came onto her face. How extraordinary! But Lynette is just an extraordinary person.

Lynette, your memory will be eternal in the hearts of everyone who knew you. Your life was an inspiration!

6 comments:

Xenia Kathryn said...

May her memory be eternal. What an amazing smile, what a beautiful woman of God.

Susan said...

she will also live on in the hearts of some who didnt know her. Me for example.
Memory Eternal

Elizabeth said...

Memory Eternal, and may God grant peace and comfort to her husband , children, family and friends.......

monica said...

i didnt know lynette at all, but i have been inspired by her story and moved to interceed for her precious family. i recently had a friend die, also in her 40s that had battled cancer for years. she was in the states, and i in romania, but i have held her death in my heart despite the distance.

Mimi said...

I got an email this morning, and while I am saddened by the loss, the stories of the peace and grace she approached her death, and God's grace to her are simply beautiful.

May her Memory be Eternal.

annie said...

I had heard about Lynette, but thank you for sharing the link so that I could get a glimpse into a life filled with God's grace, even in death. Memory Eternal.