The day after my book launch on August 28 my dad, John Williams, passed away. Earlier that week he was so excited about the book and wanted to hear about every detail of the launch. At the launch party, I asked a friend to select a poem from Eyewitness to a Savior and she chose Crossing Over which celebrated the resurrection. As I traveled on the plane to North Carolina that poem and the scripture embedded in it offered me such comfort. During the past six weeks we celebrated dad’s life, supported mom through this difficult transition and took care of my father-in-law, John Gainor, who was gravely ill. Through it all, the Lord provided a reserve of strength, comfort, and reassurance that I needed so desperately. What should have been my darkest days were filled with hope, gratitude and peace. Every day I offer Him praise for the miraculous healing of John Sr. as well as dad who is no longer suffering and confined to a wheelchair but singing God’s praises in that beautiful baritone voice. I know I can face anything with my abiding Lord at my side.
This week my Facebook and twitter accounts were inactive. This is because I was in North Carolina visiting my parents. Dad has Parkinson’s’ Disease which may have stolen some of his physical abilities but not his sense of humor and perseverance. I loved watching my mom dutifully serve as his advocate, hold his hand, and offer a kiss and encouragement. This brought to mind our Savior’s clear instruction to love one another. Time is fleeting and we may not always have a second chance to express our adoration to those around us. Cherish one another and be thankful for each moment you have together. This is truly a heavenly gift.
As I hold this book in my hand I can scarcely believe I have arrived at this moment. Years of prayer, preparation, creativity, and inspiration have come together in this wonderful package. Along the way, God has provided the words to write, the concept of this book and the timing for its release. I believe He lead me to the right publisher (Crossbooks) who patiently handled my volumes of questions and uncertainty with echoes of reassurance and sound advice. Now as I examine this beautiful book filled with the love for my Savior and my family tucked inside, I am speechless in appreciation. Although the next phase may be uncertain, I know God will tug at my hand and together we will walk in a ministry beyond my expectations.