Saturday, January 07, 2012

Farewell to Jessicao Joy Rees

Jessica Joy Rees, age 12, went home to be with Jesus after a ten month battle with brain cancer.  Jessica's daddy, Erik, is on the pastoral staff of Saddleback Church in Orange County, Califorina.

Young Jessie, a seventh grader, was a true hero as she bravely battled this disease, and kept an online journal of her experiences and became the face for childhood cancer.

Her courage and faith stand as a shining example for us all.

Jessie concluded each post with NEGU which means "Never, Ever Give Up!"

Her favorite verses:
"I can do all things through him who strengthens me." – Philippians 4:13

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

As I prayed for the Rees family during this difficult valley, lyrics from the old hymn, Children of the Heavenly Father came to my mind:

Children of the heav’nly Father
Safely in His bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in Heaven
Such a refuge e’er was given.

God His own doth tend and nourish;
In His holy courts they flourish;
From all evil things He spares them;
In His mighty arms He bears them.

Neither life nor death shall ever
From the Lord His children sever;
Unto them His grace He showeth,
And their sorrows all He knoweth.

Though He giveth or He taketh,
God His children ne’er forsaketh;
His the loving purpose solely
To preserve them pure and holy.


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