I want to share a precious memory of friend and mother, Cathy Ng. She passed away last night after being in a coma from the worsening condition of her brain tumor. Her joyfulness in singing to God always moved me in the Sunday service at Rogers Park Community Church.
Tripp and I had been attending RPCC for just a few months. We were so enamored by the friends and quirky acquaintances we were meeting there. Tripp joined a prayer time after church one Sunday and was informed of Cathy's serious brain tumor. On multiple occasions Cathy and her family took their seats in front of us. When singing, she'd have one hand wrapped holding her little baby girl and the other waving high to God. Sitting behind Cathy, my throat would tighten so much that I could hardly sing and I would tear up. The emotions were so intense, I felt I should probably sit somewhere else the following Sunday so that people wouldn't wonder if I was crazy.
My heart broke when I watched Cathy sing because I knew her days may be numbered with that beautiful baby girl and instead of hating God, she sang to Him. I recall specifically one song: 'Forever You are faithful, forever you are strong, forever you are with us, forever...'
Things haven't changed. Cathy still makes me tear up.
I wanted to write this post just a day after Cathy's death because as a mother, I could only hope to be like her. Just as sure as I was born on July 8th, 1984, I too will leave this earth and hopefully leave a beautiful family behind. I hope also to leave a legacy of singing to God and teaching others to sing to Him as well. He is such a good God.
Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Job 1:21 (KJV)