Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tonight is the visitation for Barbie Root, a long-time member of our church. Barbie was a devoted mother of two daughters, grandmother of three great kids, aunt to any number of nieces and nephews, sister to three sisters and 1 baby brother, and friend to many. She was afflicted with Stiff Man Syndrome, a very rare neuromuscular disorder that progressively results in the loss of the ability to walk and is accompanied by painful muscle spasms. She was also a devoted follower of Jesus Christ, loved God and His Word deeply and always had a smile and an encouraging word for her pastor when I saw her. She is with Jesus now, where there is no more crying, mourning, or pain, and where her body no longer fights with her each day. Gone to glory at 52. R. I. P.