Monthly Archives: December 2011

In Memory Of Lisa Hays

Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Psalm 30:5

Lisa Hays, of Oswego,Kansas, went home this evening after a long fight with lung cancer. It’s not every day you try to write something in memory of a woman you’ve never met, but I’ve been praying for Lisa for over a year, now, and there’s nothing that can make you feel closer to a person than lifting them up in prayer.

Every thing I know about Lisa Hays I’ve learned from knowing her son, Caleb. Through him, I know that she was hard working and compassionate and passionate; these are qualities she instilled in her son. I know she was a good mother. I know she loved Jesus.

Lisa was a young woman and had never been a smoker, so when she was diagnosed with lung cancer, it must have seemed especially hard and unfair, but I know she faced her illness with a great, unshakable faith and courage because I saw Caleb face it that way.

There’s a Lisa-shaped hole in the hearts of her family and friends right now, but they can find comfort knowing the world is a richer place because she was in it. It was a privilege to be able to pray for her and her family and awe-inspiring to watch strangers from all over the world come together in agreement before the Lord as they lifted her up in prayer.

Good-bye, Lisa. I never had the pleasure of meeting you in this life, but it’s something I look forward to in the next.


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Congratulations, Illinois!

The State of Illinois has unveiled a new commemorative license plate, honoring past governors.

Maybe they should change their nickname from “The Prairie State” to “The Prayin’ State” as in maybe their governors should be prayin’ they don’t get caught.

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