Laurie had a type of muscular dystrophy. She entered our lives when she was a teenager with mobility challenges. My husband was her pastor, and she attended the youth group we held in our home. I can’t recall her ever asking us why a loving God allowed her to have a debilitating disease. She asked me to study the book of Revelation with her. I felt intimidated and inadequate for the task. I knew nothing about that mysterious book of prophecy. As we read it together, accepting what we didn’t understand, we found much we did understand – much that inspired us. There were promises made to the saints who would overcome trials and sufferings. We were told that patient endurance, faithfulness and wisdom on the part of the saints was called for.
Our paths separated as Laurie entered adulthood. Life would challenge each of us in the years ahead, especially Laurie, as her illness left her needing a motorized scooter to remain mobile. She overcame the temptations to bitterness, to despair, to self- pity. She kept the faith. She fought the good fight. The muscular dystrophy took her life when she was only 50. She has received her reward.