Tuesday my wife shared with me an email that went out from the Picirilli family regarding Ms. Clara’s Pic’s health. It was sad to hear there was nothing much that could be done medically. My heart sank. Ms. Pic was an encourager in my life. It’s true that she would shoot straight with you, but that’s what made her great. Without fail, Ms. Pic would always encourage me after I preached at Cofer’s Chapel. (As a side note, there was nothing like “side-hug” and smile from Ms. Pic.) She will be missed. Not only will she be missed as a pillar in our local church, but as a true representative of her Lord Jesus.
Out of the Mouth of Babes
Moments after Rena shared the emil with me, she told me that on the to dropping the girls off at school, she began to cry and that it really concerned our 3 year old daughter. Jovie asked, “Mommy, why are you crying?” Rena said, ”Mommy is just really sad.” She went on to tell Jovie that a dear friend of ours was very sick and that the doctors really couldn’t help her and that soon be would be with Jesus. (We never thought it would be this soon.) Jovie’s response was priceless. ”Mommy”, she said. “If she is going to be with Jesus, then why are you sad?” Her words were full of grace and full of truth (a truth that I, as a her father, want her to cling to all here life). Friends, there is life in Jesus.
Jovie’s reponse reminded me this morning of Jesus words to Martha at the passing of her brother Lazarus…
“Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” (John 11:25-26).
While our dear friend, Ms. Clara, is no longer with us here on earth, do not fear, she is now more alive than ever because there IS life in Jesus.
Ms. Clara’s final days were difficult. I last saw her this past Sunday during morning worship. Her heart condition left her weak and frail. I watched as her husband lovingly took her by the arm to help her stand and walk out at the end of service. It was a beautiful scene. As I recall those moments I was again reminded of scripture where the Apostle Paul encourages us with these words,
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary trials are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (II Corinthians 4:16-18).
Today, I ask you to pray for the Picirilli family. Pray for Dr. Pic and his five daughters Jean, Jane, June, Joy, and Jill (and their families). Pray for her church family at Cofer’s Chapel and all those who were privileged to know Ms. Clara. I would also encourage you to pray and give thanks to our Heavenly Father who gives us life through His Son, Jesus. He is the resurrection and life!
Ms. Clara was a precious woman of God who had a great impact on my life. I am thankful to God for His grace in Ms. Clara’s life and for allowing our paths to cross.
Dr. Pic – I love you, my Brother. I am praying for you.