Featuring Jane Anderson
Volumes of quotes have been written, spoken, and posted about NO REGRETS. Well, I have plenty!
The frantic voice of my daughter’s roommate rocked me to my core. It seemed nearly impossible to decipher her hysteria. Finally, I understood the words.
“Tammie died. Jane, I found … I just found her … in her bed. When she didn’t answer her phone … I just found her. She’s dead. I don’t know what to do now.”
In that instant, every bit of air was sucked from my lungs.
How could this be true? Tammie would be coming home for Thanksgiving in four weeks. We would visit family and enjoy a big dinner together. High on the priority list was to take a current photo of us all together, at home.
Now, in a heartbeat, my plans melted away under the weight of a new reality. My first-born daughter, age thirty-eight, was never going to come home. I would never even hear her voice again. My plans would be forever changed.
The call had come during a Tuesday night meeting of our ladies’ Bible study.
If you ever receive devastating news, the best place to be is with heart-sisters studying the word of God together. Somehow, I found the strength to tell them, “It’s my daughter’s roommate. My daughter died.”
These words couldn’t be coming from me! They sounded like the forced whisper of a stranger standing behind me. But in an instant, every woman in the room surrounded me. They descended like angels, covering my raw emotion and soothing every hurt. These beautiful women became the first of many to comfort our family through the weeks to come.
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Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from just one of many Sacred Stories of our time. Powerful voices from around the globe that speak to our shared human experience. May they inspire you and give you great hope. Order your personal copy of CHAOS TO CLARITY: SACRED STORIES OF TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE today and discover hope for the future and a blueprint for your life ⤵︎