Annalee Grace Sullivan was born on April 7, 2003 and lived the life of a playful, spiritually sensitive, musical child until she was 3 1/2 years old. On January 21, 2007 she suffered an hypoxic brain injury from a seizure caused by undiagnosed Addison's Disease.
In spite--or because--of her physical and cognitive limitations, Annie was a blessing to all who knew her. She died on March 25, 2011, and today stands in the presence of Jesus--completely whole and without disability.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This past weekend, Annie's big brother Andy (don't ask us why we chose those names...) married his lovely bride, Naomi. The day was beautiful in every way--the weather, the friends and family who gathered, and the couple, who spent the day grinning from ear to ear. We are overjoyed to have Naomi join our family as a new daughter-in-law--almost as overjoyed as Andy is to have her as his wife!
As I was sitting there crying watching them exchange their vows, it made me think that we have experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows all in the span of 5 months, and reminded me of a recent message on how Christianity is about a funeral and a wedding. The funeral happened when Jesus died for us. But the wedding is yet to come. Pastor Mark explained:
Think of a woman who God has told her, “You’re going to be married. Just wait for your husband.” Days, weeks, months, years. She wonders, “Is he ever coming?” But God had revealed to her some specific details. “He’ll come like this. You’ll know this is he.” And then one day—she wasn’t expecting it, she’d sort of lost hope—and there he is.And he starts approaching her. And in that moment she realizes, “This is the day where the promise of God comes true.”