Scripture: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9

Quote: "I can say I would trade this cancer experience but am still working on realizing (that) the meaning of this will come as I approach His throne and he calls me his good and faithful servant."
--Corinne Weber, August 16, 2004

Reflection:  It has been two weeks now, since I attended the memorial service of my friend, Corinne.  Her two-and-a half-year battle with breast cancer ended in the arms of her husband, Bill. Corinne was a beautiful woman with an unshakable faith.  Being in her presence made me feel that I was valued, loved,
and appreciated.  She laughed easily, and had the ability to laugh at herself.  The legacy of her approach to life - her uncompromising faith - her love for others, lives on in the hearts and minds of those who knew her.  The following parable was read at her memorial service.  I thank God that someday we will meet again and be happy and energetic . . . and laugh.

The Parable of the Twins

Once upon a time twin boys were conceived in the same womb.  Weeks passed and the twins developed.  As their awareness grew, they laughed for joy.  "Isn't it great that we were conceived?  Isn't it great to be alive?"

Together the twins explored their world.  When they found their mother's cord that gave them life, they sang for joy.  "How great is our mother's love that she shares her own life with us."

As weeks stretched into months, the twins noticed how much each was changing. "What does it mean?" asked the one.  "It means that our stay in this world is drawing to an end," explained the other.  "But I don't want to go," said the one, "I want to stay here always."

"We have no choice," said the other, "but maybe there's life after birth."

"But how can that be?" responded the one.  "We will shed our life's cord, and how is life possible without it?  Besides, we have seen evidence that others were here before us, and none of them have returned to tell us that there is life after birth.  No, this is the end."

As the one fell into deep despair, saying, "If conception ends in birth, what is the purpose of life in the womb?  It's meaningless.  Maybe there's no mother after all."

"But there has to be," protested the other.  "How else did we get here?  How do we remain alive?"

"Have you ever seen our mother?" said the one.  "Maybe she lives only in our mind.  Maybe we made her up because the idea made us feel good."

And so the last days in the womb were filled with deep questioning and fear. 

Finally the moment of birth arrived.  When the twins had passed from their world, they opened their eyes and they cried, for what they saw exceeded their fondest dreams.

"Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who love Him."

Prayer:  Thank you for the privilege of having known and loved Corinne, and for the hope we have in Your Son, Jesus Christ, that one day we will join Corinne, and others who love you, in a world that will exceed our wildest expectations. 

Contributed by:  Sandy Sunderman