My Cousin’s True Love

Allow me to introduce my cousin Jon and his wife Lauri, whom he laid to rest yesterday.  This couple’s love for Jesus was evident in their lives and in their love for others.

They raised four loving and devoted children, adopting one from Cambodia.  Jon and Lauri’s home had an open door policy. They welcomed visiting missionaries, foreign exchange students and a teenager who needed a home during her four years of high school.  They modeled love for their children who are now grown and living their own lives loving God and serving man.

Lauri was a school teacher. She led a women’s Bible study and also taught the Bible to children.  Although they lived in a distant city,  I once called Lauri to ask if she might visit a friend’s sick relative there. Lauri didn’t know her, but was willing to visit her several times, share the Lord with her and pray with her.

Then Lauri suffered a debilitating stroke affecting her speech and leaving her paralyzed.  She spent a short time in a rehabilitation center, but husband Jon, a medical doctor, saw she was uncomfortable and not getting the care she deserved.

He took an early retirement so he could care for Lauri himself, in their home.  He had tracks installed in the ceiling with pulleys that assisted him in moving her from room to room, and lowering her in and out of the bath.  That was 19 years ago.
That’s right.  I said 19!

Jon and Lauri’s adult children often visited on weekends and Jon would barbecue for everyone. Lauri’s speech improved over time. She told me the one thing she can do is pray. Then added, “I pray for you and your family every day.”

Two precious saints: One has graduated to heaven. The other will soon find new ways to serve God, I’m sure of it.

  • Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,  and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.    Ephesians 5:25
  •  SONG: AT THE FEET OF JESUSLyrics by Liana Wendy Howarth; Music by Kathleen


     

About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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6 Responses to My Cousin’s True Love

  1. Cheryl says:

    I’m sorry for your loss Kathleen. Great post…thank you for sharing the story of your cousin Jon & his wife Lauri. Their story is a multidimensional love story that warms my heart. They loved Him first, which enabled their love to blossom for others & each other in the most beautiful way.

  2. Susan Lehman says:

    Kathleen, what a wonderful story of God’s love reflected on earth, Godly devotion and Godly service. Beautiful story. You have lost a wonderful prayer warrior, but what examples they remain.

  3. Frank King says:

    Wow! That’s a touching story. Such a powerful testimony of love for God and for each other. Thanks for sharing.

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