Thursday, February 19, 2009

Well done, my good and faithful Servant.

I should be working right now. I have two articles that I need to finish up for work before tomorrow morning. However, I was taking a much needed break and was reading up on the blogs that I follow. The one that grabbed my attention was, my sweet friend, Nancy's blog.

Nancy is the youngest of the five Niedrach children. The Niedrach's are a family that I used to go to church with. Mrs. Sharon Niedrach was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer on March 6th 2007. She has fought a long hard fight and has passed by every deadline given by the doctors. Even now, as she lies in a hospital bed in her home, she is on day four of what the doctors said could be anywhere from mere hours to two days. Nancy says that her sweet mama doesn't want pain medicine because it means that she can't talk to them. Instead, she never complains, only cries when the pain gets to be too much. At this point, she cannot communicate verbally with her family or the doctors, but can still hear and understand what is being said to her.

Words are not adequate when trying to describe the kind of person that Ms. Sharon is and the impact that she has had on everyone around her. She is one of the most godly women I have ever met. Her kind spirit, her humbleness, her wisdom, knowledge and understanding of God's word. Her joyfulness in her Maker is something that I long to have. Her faith is strong enough to move mountains. She is hospitable, gracious, tender hearted, forgiving, funny, smart, an incredible wife and mother, and someone that I aspire to be like. The impact that she has had on my own life may seem small in comparison to others that she has touched, but is huge in my eyes. Her constant encouragement towards me, her sweet words of comfort when I was suffering, her subtle, sweet pointing to the cross, reminding me that "sorrow may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning."

It hurts my heart to know that she is in pain, but her girls write that she is at peace and ready to go home. "Like Jeremiah in the Bible she wanted to share Christ’s message; there is in [her] heart as it were a burning fire shut up in [her] bones, and [she is] weary with holding it in, and [she] cannot. Jeremiah 20:9 She has a fire in her bones for Christ, and that is how she has lived her life. Very soon she will be in eternal happiness. She will know no more sorrow – no more tears. She will hear the words Well done my good and faithful servant Matthew 25:21." (Nancy Niedrach Sisler)

My heart goes out to the Niedrach family as they go through this difficult time.


Sandy Kain said...

My pastor's wife sent down an email that Sharon went to her heavenly home last night, Feb. 20th after 7 pm. Sharon was a beautiful Christian sister who was a member years ago at our church, Grace Bible Church in Lawrenceville, GA. She was a true example of Christ love and faih to all of us.

Theresa Garcia said...

Very true. She will be missed greatly, but I am so very grateful to have known her.

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