This past week was not easy for our church. Everyone’s hearts became heavy when we received news that little Mariana had lost her battle against cancer. As a church, we followed closely the events that happened in the life of this four year old. She now rests in peace in the loving embrace of our Lord. She no longer has to suffer through chemo sessions and medulla transplants. While she lived such a short life and experienced so little, one thing is certain, she didn’t leave without knowing true love.
Mariana became part of our prayers through her uncle Fernando. Fernando is a member at our congregation and an outstanding example of Christian dedication. He decided to follow Jesus, despite his own family’s resistance. Fernando, who is in his early twenties, has been faithful and very active in his pursuit of God. His niece, Mariana, became increasingly ill and had to move to São Paulo for treatment. Fernando always kept us informed and asked for our prayers.
We may never understand why God took Mariana from us; but we can be certain that she is no longer suffering. In her short life, Fernando showed her Christ’s love. Her body was flown in from São Paulo and a wake was held at the church building on Wednesday. As we prayed for her family and loved ones, the church had the opportunity to show them that same love. Mariana’s joy and strength will forever continue in our hearts and in the life of her uncle Fernando.
“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.” Luke 18:16,17 KJV