Pondering my time with her the last few years as, it seems, her life eternally is only minutes away. And I pray from a distance.
Joyce befriended me immediately through the Monday morning ladies' Bible study at The Christian Center and offered me a job at Heaven Sent, the Christian book store in town. As we got to know one another and she discovered my history with dance ministry, she encouraged (pushed hard...haha!) me to start it up here in Borrego. She was anxious to dance since it had always been a dream of hers. Milo has told me numerous times about how she would twirl in after rehearsals and just be happy as can be. I told Joanna (a sweet child in our church) this morning that soon she will be out of pain and not only well but better than ever and dancing so beautifully that I will be horribly envious. :) One day, soon (Come quickly, Lord Jesus), I hope to join her dancing beyond imagination on the streets of gold and before the throne of God where gravity, age, our earthly bodies will no longer hinder us and we will soar. Won't you join us?!
Milo has been the most beautiful husband. Jamie and I visited with them last week. She is so thin that she can no longer stand or walk, she has completely lost her hearing. Her strength is nearly gone. He picks her up with ease and gently sets her in the wheelchair and takes her to lie down. He is a picture of Jesus serving, serving, serving the one he loves...cheerfully, positively, and so lovingly.
Joyce is driven, strong-willed, sassy, blunt, honest, and pleasing to God.
She told me a few months ago that she was so glad that God blessed her with cancer. I know you must think she had lost her mind...but, then you don't know Joyce. Her cancer gave opportunity after opportunity for her to share Jesus with nearly everyone she came into contact with and cancer threw her uninhibited into the arms of a comforting God.
She shared one evening at a womens dinner at the church about her experience and expressed that the song, "Bring the Rain" was so perfect because she welcomed anything that would usher her closer to Jesus and make her reflect Him more. Please play it below:
Joyce, you will be greatly missed. We will take care of your precious Milo and re-Joyce to be re-united with you one day soon.
I think Miriam should dance "Bring the Rain." Lord, can we, please, in praise to You and in honor of our dear Joyce?
"And if I perish, I perish," and the crowd will stand and cheer! For what if she does perish? Is that the worst this world's wicked Haman can threaten? On the day that she does, this is what will happen: She will put on her royal robes and stand in the inner court of the palace, in front of th King's hall. The King will be sitting on His royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance. When He sees His queen standing in the court, He will be pleased with her and hold out to her the gold scepter that is in His hand (adaptation of Est. 5:1-2)...And she will approach. And cast her crown at his feet. ~Beth Moore (Esther)
other posts about Joyce: Prayer for Joyce, I Can Only Imagine
Please keep Milo in your prayers.
As of today, June 9, 2010, 11:37am, Joyce is with Jesus. Thank you for praying. Hallelujah!