My heart is sad today because cancer has taken a precious life. This is not what I planned to write about today but it feels right given that a very sweet soul has left this earth and moved on to her heavenly home. I think it is so important in the hurry up and get things done pace of this world to stop for a minute to honor the lives of those who have left us and say a prayer for those who are mourning.
Ginny Rylak, wife, mother, daughter, and friend passed away yesterday morning with her husband, Al, and their two sons by her side. Ginny and Al met in 1961 when she was 15 and he was 16. They dated for seven years, married in 1968, and packed a lifetime of memories into their 43 short years of marriage.
I only had the pleasure of meeting Ginny once, just 14 short days ago, and I’m so glad that I did. She was resting at home with her 3 year old granddaughter snuggled up next to her. What a sweet, precious memory they were making together. Her husband, Al, was so kind and warm, grateful for our visit.
You only have to spend a few minutes with Al or read a few lines of his emails about Ginny to understand how deeply he loved her. His devotion to her did not waiver one minute throughout their entire fight against the horrible disease known as pancreatic cancer. I pray that the memories of their life together will soon begin to fill the holes in his heart left by her absence.
If you don’t mind, please take a moment today to say a prayer for Ginny’s family. Despite the fact that they knew this day would come, the sadness is still very overwhelming and the pain of their loss will remain with them for a long time. They will have some hard days ahead as they forge on through this life without the woman who brought them all so much joy.
With much love and appreciation for all of you,