|Elizabeth Edwards, 1949-2010|
I did not realize until tonight's newscast that the Edwards' had lost a precious son to a car accident back in 1996, when the boy was just sixteen years old. Then, Elizabeth's continual battle with breast cancer, followed by the horrendous news that her Presidential-candidate husband had been having an extra-marital affair that actually went beyond just an "affair", but led to him fathering a child with this "other woman"....all while he was still married to his wife of thirty-something years and the father of their four wonderful children. All this while Elizabeth was battling for her own life, fighting the ravages of breast cancer that today finally claimed her as another victim.
I do not know anything about Elizabeth's personal relationship with God...was she a believer in Jesus Christ as her personal Savior? Even though she and her husband stood on the more liberal side of the political fence, I can't help but think that she had some very strong beliefs undergirding her throughout her ordeal. It would be extremely difficult indeed to go through such tragedies without the comfort of a loving, compassionate Savior to carry her through. But, as I said, I don't know where she stood in relation to Christ...maybe some of you may know. I truly hope that she had made peace with God in her heart and soul, and that she is enjoying the welcoming embrace of her heavenly Father right now as we think of her...and that she is also hugging and holding onto her long-missed son, savoring the sweet fragrance of his spirit with her once again.
Again, I don't know where Elizabeth stood with God, but somehow I see her in the Proverb quoted above...
Proverbs 31:10 ~ "Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies."Yes, I can see that.
"The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So HE will have no lack of gain..." (verse 11)...Yes, I can see that, too. Her husband trusted her, but unfortunately he himself did not prove trustworthy.
"She does him good and not evil all the days of her life." (verse 12)...Yes, I see that as well. Even when he was selfishly pursuing his own foolish desires and dreams, she continued to stand by him and did not speak evil of him. For the sake of their children, perhaps...or maybe because that's just the kind of woman Elizabeth Edwards was...a true classy lady...one who would not stoop to injure another just because he had injured her first. She continued to do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
Did her husband deserve such a wife as Elizabeth Edwards proved to be? No, decidedly not. But I pray that her strength of character and demonstration of true love will long be remembered...by her children, her friends, and yes, even her husband. I hope that in her death he will finally come to realize what a fool he has been, and that perhaps he will find redemption for his own soul. For the sake of their children...and even the little "love-child" he had brought into this world...I pray he will become the kind of man God wants him to be.
I pray that Elizabeth Edwards will truly rest in peace. And may God be with her family who have been left behind, both now and for eternity. Amen.