Kara Trippetts, a 38 year old wife, mother of (4) young kids, friend, and inspirational author, passed away yesterday. Though she courageously lost her battle with cancer, she valiantly won the battle which matters the most. And while this world will grieve her departure, her husband, family, and friends will also celebrate her eternal and glorious home, with Christ in the presence of the Father.
If you don't know Kara's story, is worth reading about today. In fact, if you only have a few moments to spare today to read anything, then let it be Kara's story. She fought the good fight, until the end, as she humbly embraced the final ministry opportunity God set before her: to live, suffer, and die for the glory of God.
In a day and age, where the conversation of "death with dignity" has taken center stage, and where stories like Brittany Maynard's tug on the heart strings in the great debate of doctor-assisted suicide, Kara's story is not only essential, but it is also a beautiful and faithful picture of God's work in and through the life (and death) of those whom he loves and has called according to his good and holy purposes. The story of God's grace, love, faithfulness, and mercy were told through Kara's battle with cancer. And though God didn't spare Kara the agonizing and painful suffering, as God's creation groans with the residual effects of sin, Kara battled faithfully and humbly as she embraced her calling in life; to die with true dignity in the sovereign hands of a mighty and merciful God.
Friends, let Kara's words ring loud and clear in your hearts today, as you choose to grieve with her family and friends for the loss of a wife, a mother, a friend and a sister in Christ. Yet, in the midst of your grief, hold fast to the eternal hope and joy that was made evident today, in Kara's homecoming. She is now with her LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ, and she will remain there for all eternity. May Kara's story compel others to see and savor Jesus Christ, as they taste and see that the LORD is good (in all circumstances).
"The world says that I should be angry, that I should be shaking my fist at God, but I want to be able to share this story: Suffering isn't a mistake and it isn't the absence of God's goodness; because He's present in pain." | Kara Trippetts
For His Glory,