In the end, each of us is a story.
And hers read like a prequel — the back-story to the real story that was already written for her, before time began.
Maybe you’ve read her story by now, the story of Kara Tippetts, who taught us all how to live well and die well. She lived the kind of story that you sort of don’t want to read, because it’s so hard … but that you want to memorize, because it’s so beautiful.
“My little body has grown tired of battle, and treatment is no longer helping,” Kara wrote. “But what I see, what I know, what I have is Jesus. He has still given me breath, and with it I pray I would live well and fade well. By degrees doing both, living and dying, as I have moments left to live. I get to draw my people close, kiss them and tenderly speak love over their lives. I get to pray into eternity my hopes and fears for the moments of my loves. I get to laugh and cry and wonder over Heaven. I do not feel like I have the courage for this journey, but I have Jesus—and He will provide. He has given me so much to be grateful for, and that gratitude, that wondering over His love, will cover us all. And it will carry us—carry us in ways we cannot comprehend.”
Kara was 38. She was the mother of four children. She died March 22, 2015, of cancer.
“I feel like a little girl at a party who’s Dad’s asking her to leave early. I’m not afraid of dying. I just don’t want to go.”
My friend Ann … she said she felt like a little girl at that same party:
And for a moment, I felt my soul stand next to Ann’s — two farm girls watching a friend leave early. And I imagined it then, how it was happening up over the bend, where we wouldn’t see:
I imagines all the faces at the windows of Heaven, pressed hard against the glass, saying, “Look! Look! Here she comes!”
In Memory of Kara
Join me today in praying for Kara’s husband, her children, and all who loved her.
Donations may be sent to a fund benefitting the Tippetts children:
P.O. Box 49727
Colorado Springs, CO 80949
You can purchase Kara’s book, The Hardest Peace, here.
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