Recorded on March 8, 2014 at Bear Creek Community Church on Vimeo.
Thanks for sharing this. Ann meant so much to so many of us who never met her face to face but felt we 'knew her'. She was an inspiration and will continue to impact my life.
Good to have this, as I missed the live streaming. Ann has been a shining star for so many decades for so many of us. She will be missed.
Thank you so very much for posting this. It was beautiful. Will continue to pray for her family. Much love to all of you.
For many that read Ann's blog frequently you will be familiar with the mother of six she wrote of so often...I'm Sarah the mother of six, diagnosed with breast cancer, former addict and fellow runner of this race we know as life alongside ann. Ann....my best friend. Oh how I miss you....as I know so many others do. God tells us that his ways are not our ways and that we can't understand the things our blessed creater does or why. I am human however and I wrestle with the why...why now god? Why when we weren't ready yet... we still had much to do and enjoy together...I have had the honor of being with ann for the past two years. I have shared life daily with her..meals. laughter. tears. finding out I had cancer...then discovering that she too had cancer. we've been through surgery Dr appointments, agony and defeat, and profound victories by gods every redeeming grace. Last breaths.....I am still in the denial phase I believe. the swiftness of it all hasn't let me fully grasp the loss...her children, Jan, friends I know we all feel the empty void of her absence. I like many of you continue to check the blog daily...why? I know she's gone.. there will be no new blog entries...yet I look. I hear her telling me to fill people in.. keep running even if for now my physical presence isn't seen my spirit can be through you....I will continue filling you in if possible on the things god is doing in lives I touch and lives that touch me...in the name of Jesus and in tribute to ann who would want nothing less. I know her profound love and kindness humility and strength and I know her gigantic god...and want to lead people to know him and through acts of kindness show them who he is. I love and miss you every second dearest friend my children and husband miss you and as we promised one another as you neared gods kingdom we will rejoice together soon again..forever...I love you
To her boys-your Mom was quite the lady! She was like a skipping stone, causing so many ripples in so many different places *lives...she skipped through mine and left such a beautiful imprint. I know she loved you guys so much and my heart aches for you-but as Jesus said-He is not the God of the dead but of the LIVING-for all live to Him. She still "IS"-you didn't lose her, you know where she is...she is cheering you on.
I miss Ann's updates. I miss her and how she is 'changing her world."
I also miss the updates. I follow several blogs and it still feels strange not to hear from Ann.
It has been a month.... The loss seeming more profound to my family, jan , and myself with every passing day....I speak with Jan often, still very much battling her own painful health problems, with gods power and grace he is making a way to endure it all...we share our tears and burden with one another as our father instructs us to do.. I know he is ever present comforting and keeping us safe in his arms our only true hope and salvation our fortress our hiding place as we mourn so deeply...I recently stopped at my favorite Christian book store. I haven't been for quite some time...this cancer has taken much from me....as I was browsing I wept and I couldn't control my emotions I left to sit outside on a cement bench to gather my thoughts pray and absorb my surroundings a homeless man walked up and with a very poor attitude asked me if I could spare him some money... I had $4 no gas and I asked him why he was not at the shelter they could help. He replied how would you know lady..you've never even been near a shelter..oh but I have I have lived in a van with 4 of my children for 5 months sleeping in truck stop parking lots or next to irrigation canals. God can help he can turn any circumstance into a lesson and a victory for you...he softened as we spoke and I gave him every penny I had knowing god would bless my gas tank....make it last through the day and he did. During this season of Christ's crucifixion death and rising again let us all remember his selflessness and praise him for dying to let us live in paradise with him forever...Ann is in paradise with the lord and we will see her soon healed running laughing and free hallelujah...
Dear Sarah, thank you for updating it is important to those who loved and miss Ann and are praying for her family and now you.