We come here today
to celebrate the life of a mother, a sister, daughter, friend and family member.
To me, she was a big sister. When I would call her, we would laugh as I told her
it was her baby brother calling. Anyone that spent time with Saucy knew she was
a fighter. She did not give in willingly to the disease that relentlessly
I saw a movie recently that reminded me of the fight that was within Saucy. The movie was Rocky Balboa. We are all probably familiar with the Rocky movies. In this one, Rocky is a retired fighter who still has some fight in him. As I watched the movie, I couldn't help but think of Saucy. In the movie, Rocky was challenged to spar with the undefeated heavyweight champion. Everyone asked Rocky why he would want to go into the ring and fight against seemingly insurmountable odds. Even the champion told Rocky, “don't fight back and I'll go easy on you”. I silently ask Saucy, “why do you want to endure the pain, the agony you feel?” Rocky replied to those questions telling his brother-in-law, Pauly, “because I have a burning in here (and he taped his heart); I still have fight in me”. Saucy replied the same way, “I want to live”.
Her insurmountable foe was cancer; she fought it with all her might. Like Rocky, when it seemed like the fight was over, she never threw in the towel. She would bounce back and be incredulous because we were surprised she bounced back. At the end of Rocky Balboa, even before the outcome of the fight was announced, you see Rocky leaving the ring, walking through the crowd to exit the arena. As the decision of the fight was announced, you see Rocky turn into the camera and give a joyous smile because he accomplished what he fought to accomplish. I picture Saucy, with that girlish giggle she had, as she closed her eyes to this world and opened them to the brilliance of heaven.
Now this is where it gets exciting. Where Saucy is now, this is how John, in the book of Revelation, describes heaven: “ HE will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away”. What that means is that in heaven, anything that makes us cry or causes us pain is non-existent. There is no diabetes in heaven. Saucy doesn't have to check her blood sugar or give herself insulin injections anymore. There is no fear of low blood sugars. There is no blindness because our bodies will function the way they were designed to function. Cancer, chemotherapy, radiation, heartache, anything that caused Saucy pain here on earth is gone. Can you imagine if one day Saucy woke up in the hospital and all out prayers were answered and the cancer was completely gone? I could imagine the phone call I would get, “it's gone, it's gone, the cancer is gone! I feel great!”. This is not even the full measure of what she experienced when she opened her eyes in heaven. Her days are now full of an unimaginable joy as she experiences the wonders of heaven.
We can't imagine what heaven is like because we have nothing to compare it to. In Corinthians, Paul writes, “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what GOD has prepared for those who love him”. Saucy loved Him and because of that, He has prepared something beyond her greatest expectations.
We may think Saucy lost her fight with cancer; I don't think so. I can hear her say the same words Paul said, “I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of victory which the Lord will award me today”. Saucy did not lose the battle with cancer. She won the race and now she is claiming her prize!