A Christian author that I admire, Sarah Bessey, tweeted a few weeks ago that a fellow author friend of hers was in the hospital and needed prayers. I had heard of the name of her friend before – Rachel Held Evans – but I don’t believe I ever read her books or knew much about what she stood for.
It was clear that Rachel had made a small impact on the Christian community because the news was trending that she was sick and in a coma. I added her to my prayers and tried to check for updates when I could remember.
Then, this evening, I saw that my phone had blown up with articles and tweets about how Rachel Held Evans passed away. She was 37 and a mother of two children under the age of 3. I felt pain and sorrow as I learned the news, surprised that I reacted the way I did when I didn’t really know her.
So, I decided to look her up, and now I’m not surprised her death made trending news. She not only was admired for her faith in God, but for kindness, warmth, gratitude, her strong, fervent spirit. The love of the Lord just shined through this woman and she pursued the calling God had placed on her heart.
I quick requested all of her books from the library and while I wait, I’ll read some of her online published works…like this one where she talks about the real reasons why the younger generation is leaving the church:
“You can’t hand us (millennials) a latte and then go about business as usual and expect us to stick around. We’re not leaving the church because we don’t find the cool factor there; we’re leaving the church because we don’t find Jesus there.” Read the rest of Rachel’s article here.
If we can some things from Rachel’s life, it would be to remember to live your life for the Lord, glorify Him in all that you do until the day you die, and show unconditional love to every living soul we encounter.