Joy in the Mourning

Recently, I was in the Fine Arts competition with church. (For those who have never heard about it, Fine Arts is an opportunity for teenagers to minister with their gifts and talents)

I love to write, so I decided that for the category of "First Person Essay," I would write about what God has done in my life ever since the death of Katie. As I started writing it, I was amazed as I looked back at my past and saw how God is currently shaping my future through Katie's testimony.

I entered this essay in the district competition, and it advanced down to Orlando for National Fine Arts. I felt so blessed that God let it advance. More importantly, though, I was blessed that God was using the essay to bless others with it. I've been able to read this essay numerous times: in front of relatives, for those who have lost loved ones, and even in a church youth group last month.

I feel that as I read this account of what God's done, I am being poured out by Him. For me, there is so much fulfillment found in knowing that I can show other people God's comfort by letting them know that I have received it myself.

If you would like to read it, just click on the link entitled "Printable Joy" on

I hope and pray that you are blessed abundantly by it!


  1. Laura,

    Your writing is excellent. Your insight and faith worth honoring. Thank you for sharing your visio of God's works through your sister. It encourages me.


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