This is a story about triumph and victory, set in a tragedy. It is a story about God and the victory we have in Jesus. To know that we know, there is a heaven and an eternal plan. One where we join our loved ones and all the saints with the One who died and rose again. THIS IS IZZY'S STORY and she shared it with all of us through her contagious smile and love that filled the room.
This chapter ended in tragedy as the cancer that invaded her last July, proved too much for her physical body. However, focusing on that misses the point. The point is the struggle that led her to victory; how she lived her life, the struggles she faced, the failures she endured and how she chose to carry them. Her battle, I think, is like all of ours, the struggle between eternity (God) and mortality (our flesh). For 11 months, we became clearly aware of this struggle and the suffering contained therein. In the darkest places, God was there, and it was in those times, we got glimpses of heaven, bringing to life the words we knew from the Bible, moving us from knowledge to trusting. In the last year, we were making time, not making up for time. Wonderful memories have been added to our story, God has never been so real, we have never been so alive. You see, the blessings are hidden in the suffering. We wouldn't choose it, yet we would do it all again, every step, hand in hand until she was released into our Savior's arms.
So, here on earth we are left with our memories and for a little while we mourn. We mourn the loss of a beautiful young lady, whose energy, smile and love overflowed. Izzy would want us to keep smiling, remember her well and never forget how much she loved us. Please share your memories with us.
Please consider a donation in Izzy's honor may be made to the following nonprofit organizations
The Children's Oncology Group: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/childrensoncologygroupfoundation
Teens Fight Too: https://www.teensfighttoo.com/ (Scroll down their home page to find options for donating)