Mike’s Musings ….

As Her Soul Was in Departing, For She Died

   “And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.” (Genesis 35:18)

   These are the words expressed in the record regarding the passing of Rachel, Jacob’s beloved. It seems a very gentle description of death, as if the body fell asleep during her time of bearing a child, and her soul, the eternal part of every human, departed to the God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7). It was an event that changed from indescribable pain and suffering to the sweet repose of peace from this life, and rest awaiting those who die in the Lord (Revelation 14:13). Such is the case with our loved one, VICKY ANN SIMMERMAN.

   I’ve known Roe and Vicky for some thirty-five years, meeting them when we came to Pinhook in 1988. We became fast friends, and through these years, we've shared many events, not the least of which is our fellowship in Christ Jesus. Vicky was always the quiet one, but enjoyed a good laugh and had an amazing smile and wit!

   Her health issues were always complicated due to her Marfan Syndrome: a disease that affects the connective tissue that holds the body’s organs in place and other skeletal structures. Marfan Syndrome most commonly affects the heart, eyes, blood vessels, and skeleton. She had multiple surgeries, including heart valve replacement, and accepted the challenges bravely, knowing her soul was ready should it depart her body – for she nearly died several times!

   Alas, this past Lord’s Day about 12:30 in the afternoon, all that could be done had been done and Vicky’s soul departed, for she died. Roe called me saying, “She is at rest.” Indeed, Revelation 14:13 came instantly to mind, and a prayer of rejoicing for her eternity was uttered.

   I muse on the completeness of God’s word (2 Peter 1:3) and how it gives us even the definition and method of dying righteously. Oh, that we all would enjoy the bravery Vicky exhibited with her faithful life, and that when our appointed time arrives (Hebrews 9:27) it would be well with us as our souls depart – for we too shall die!

   Thank you, Vicky Simmerman, for a life well lived, and an example well set before us all!