My daughter is gone. They are still keeping her heart pumping, oxygen is still flowing into her lungs, drugs are still going through her body, but her brain is gone, so in reality, Kiki never made it out of the ER. Her real Life started Tuesday, and I wouldn’t take that from her even if I could, even if my heart has shattered into millions of pieces. It is what we both were longing for. The term is over, the holiday has begun. Can’t wait to join her. In the meantime, keep us all in prayer. So many decisions, so many loose ends. It feels overwhelming. She accomplished so much and so many people relied on her. Kiki will be sorely missed. This isn’t my tribute to her, just an update. But I would covet your prayers for me and mine.

The Lord has always spoken through songs to both me and Kiki. This is what He gave me this week. Thank you, Nevin and Gigi Zimmerman for teaching us this song so long ago in Panama City.

Rejoice in the Lord
by Ron Hamilton

God never moves without purpose or plan
When trying His servant and molding a man.
Give thanks to the LORD though your testing seems long;
In darkness He giveth a song.


I could not see through the shadows ahead;
So I looked at the cross of my Savior instead.
I bowed to the will of the Master that day;
Then peace came and tears fled away.


Now I can see testing comes from above;
God strengthens His children and purges in love.
My Father knows best, and I trust in His care;
Through purging more fruit I will bear.


O Rejoice in the LORD
He makes no mistake,
He knoweth the end of each path that I take,
For when I am tried
And purified,
I shall come forth as gold.

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