This last Thursday (April 12th) I was awaken at 3:30 in the morning by a former roommate with the scary news that a friend was in the hospital with a brain tumor. My friend (JHK) was placed on life support and the doctors were planning on doing a test to see what level of brain activity she had. At 5:30am my friend called to tell me the sad news.
JHK had died at the age of 25. She had just celebrated her first wedding anniversary a few weeks earlier. She died so unexpectedly and so quickly that I, my friends, and the campus where we all went to school together are reeling from the shock.
She had a large, cancerous brain tumor that she didn’t know about. It had been causing headaches, but headaches are easy to explain away. We don’t know how long she had it, but we know it took her. Just that Monday she had been out with her husband and another friend to go see a Blazer’s game enjoying life. And that quickly, she’s gone.
It’s hard to wrap one’s mind around it all for numerous reasons.
She was so young. It happened so quickly. She had her whole life ahead of her. Did we miss the signs? I just saw her! …and so many more…
JHK was a pleasure to know. If you simply mentioned a Disney movie, she would start singing a song from it or quoting a favorite scene. She loved Disney. Between her , my former roommate, and another friend, I started to enjoy it a whole lot more during the 6 years I have gotten to know the three of them.
I don’t recall one time that I was around her that she didn’t have a ready smile. I know she had her bad days, but she was always eager to move onto the good times. She was always willing to be helpful and generous to those around her.
She was going back to school to get her Master’s in Teaching and I know that she would have been a wonderful teacher. She LOVED children. Children loved her. Her natural exuberance swept kids up in the adventures that she created. Her infectious joy forced even the grumpiest person to smile.
She will be greatly missed. Her laughter, her joy, and her love all had a childlike honesty that epitomized who she was, will be missed.
The JHK who lived was a daughter, a sister, a wife, a believer, a recent graduate from a Bible college, a teacher, a graduate student, and a good friend.
The JHK who passed away from this world is now eternally God’s child, a saint who stands before the throne of Christ. She is the saint who we will join in worshipping our God with this coming Sunday. She’s the saint that will be watching what we are doing. She’s the saint who will be praying for us. Because she was a child of the God who died for her, she was welcomed home along with many other saints.
So when it’s your time to go home, she’ll be there welcoming you. Just remember that she’s a good friend. She’ll be the saint who quotes Disney movies.
~JHK- you will be greatly missed- until we meet again! RIP 4/12/12
~ Psalms 56:8- You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle! You have recorded every one in your book.
~Psalm 147:3- He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.
From JHK’s favorite Disney movie Aladdin- “You’ve never had a friend like me!”~ The Genie