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Lenten Devotional – April 4, 2019

By: Chelsey Christensen

Readings: Isaiah 43:1-7; Philippians 2:19-24; Psalm 126

“Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy…”

I had the great pleasure of knowing and loving Alberta Williams.

We served alongside one another on Luther Place’s church council and co-led the Membership Team during that time. She was a resilient, powerful, and candid woman. Her brutal, beautiful candor would often elicit laughter – and occasionally shocked silence – in our council meetings. Her past was marred by things too ugly to repeat – abuse, trauma, addiction, violence – and yet, she readily and willingly shared her story for the benefit of others and even more amazingly, managed to remain a presence of great joy. Her love of God was simple and deep.

On Sunday, February 24, we celebrated the life of Alberta Williams. A life lived fully and faithfully but cut short by cancer’s grasp. I had the honor of serving as greeter/usher for her funeral and was in awe – though not surprised – by the hundreds of attendees who arrived to celebrate Alberta’s life. Her life was sown in trials, tribulations, and tears but she has most surely gone home with shouts of joy. And, if we needed any convincing, the tiara that sat upon Ms. Alberta’s head as we said our final farewells really made that abundantly clear. Even in death, Alberta exuded joy and brought joy to others. I am so grateful to have been a small part of Alberta’s amazing life. May we all be blessed with an iota of her resilience and come home with such shouts of joy.

Amen.

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