This weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Deeper Still conference in Greensboro with some of my dear friends from church. We were all inspired by the words of Beth Moore, Kay Arthur and Priscilla Shirer, and the music by Travis Cottrell. As I mentioned last week, this trip was very difficult for us because our friend Lois was unable to attend as she was in the hospital in a coma. Our group visited Lois on our way to the conference and with heavy hearts said a prayer over her in the ICU room before leaving. I even spiked up Lois’s hair while I was there because she always had her hair fixed. Her sister Pam made us promise to have a good time at the conference because it is what Lois would have wanted. Sadly, Lois passed away a few hours after our visit- on Friday, August 1, 2009. She was 48.
Today I had the opportunity to speak at Lois’s Memorial service and celebration of her life. Lois was a very special person and I will miss her dearly for the rest of my life. Below is part of the eulogy I gave. Please continue to pray for Lois’s family during this difficult time.
At the Deeper Still conference, each one of us felt Lois’s presence in different ways. Whether it was the words someone said, a song that was sung, or a person who reminded us of Lois, we felt like she was there with us. On Saturday morning, Priscilla Shirer opened her message by saying that many of us are dealing with unexpected things we thought we would never have to encounter. She then went on to tell about how she had gotten an email from a Bible study group that was supposed to have seven ladies attending but only five were there. She talked about how two sisters had bought their tickets back in January but how on Wednesday one of the sisters named Lois had gone to the hospital for help with back pain and while there lost her pulse and slipped into a coma. “Can you imagine sitting here without your friend?,” Priscilla said. “How hard that would be to leave her and come here?” “Well there is a group of five women here today feeling and experiencing that emotion,” she said. Priscilla went on to deliver a very compelling message about the ability and power of God. She told us that now is the time to look at the ability of God right in the middle of impossible and unexpected circumstances. God doesn’t just have power, she said, He IS power. And now because of God’s power, the 11,000 people at the Greensboro Coliseum that day were touched by Lois’s story.