Katelyn Ruckman

2012-12-04 13.21.46

Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

This week for my Pastor’s Corner/Blog, I would like to share with you a portion of the message that I shared at my friend Katelyn Ruckman’s going home celebration this week.  This you incredible young woman touched my life in a very real way.  For those of you who have not heard me speak of her before, she was one of my Aflac customers who, at the age of 19 was diagnosed with Leukemia. The way that Katelyn lived her life was an example of what it means to keep pressing on.  What follows is an excerpt from my message that I preached at her memorial service.  “Faced with the biggest challenge of her life, faced with incredible obstacles, she kept pressing on.  She endured overwhelming physical and emotional pain, but she kept pressing on.  She was poked a prodded, and injected with chemicals that no human being should have to endure.  But she kept pressing on.  Furthermore, even though she was going through living hell, she dedicated her efforts to finding a cure for Leukemia so that no one would have to go through what she was going through.  She kept pressing on!  There maybe some here today ready to give up.  However, if Katelyn could speak to us today she would say, “Keep pressing on!”  As Paul said, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”  Keep pressing on to the higher calling of our Lord!  If you are facing what seems like impossible odds in your life, keep pressing on.  If you feel like you cannot take another step, keep pressing on. If you feel like there is no hope, keep pressing on.  If you feel like giving up, keep pressing on.  On, and on, and on.  Keep pressing on to the higher calling of our Lord!”  Rest in peace Katelyn, I will never forget you!

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

 

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