On the anniversary of the death of our third daughter Francesca Louise (aka Cheska), my wife sends out a remembrance to friends and family. Here is the one she sent out this year:
Francesca died 11 years ago this afternoon. As you may remember I am making it my habit to write short memories about her on her birthdays and death days so that those of us who knew her will not forget what God did in and through her life while she was with us.
Last week I asked Veronica what she remembered most about Francesca. She answered rather quickly. “I remember that she forgot about herself and took joy in God.” Veronica went on to tell a story about a time with they were about 6 and 8. They had a big fight over a coloring book and parted in anger. But in only a minute or two, Francesca pursued Veronica and apologized, saying, “A coloring book is not worth fighting over.” Veronica is still visibly impressed by this show of love all these years later.
As I remember Cheska’s last months, there is one simple explanation for how she behaved. She was filled with the Holy Spirit. This explains her joy in tribulation, her quickness to reconcile with a sister, her diligence, and her many godly traits.
Isaiah 11:6 speaks about the peace of the kingdom in which a little child will lead wild animals. In Mark 10:15 Christ says, “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Francesca the child is our example of faith and life.