Each time her story, poster, or family's plea aired on the television or radio a familiar ache and void in my stomach returned. A familiar feeling from the fateful April 3, 1994 Easter Sunday morning when my one and only sister, Heidi M. Allen was kidnapped from her place of employment.
Heidi had a future with plans to graduate the following May. Jenni-Lyn's dancing (among other things) left her hopeful for her future. Both these young women had their lives taken from them before they reached those goals. Their families remain with hope and sadness in their hearts.
Thankfully it is possible to experience joy and happiness again in our lives. Jenni-Lyn was found and her family was blessed with that answer while Heidi remains missing today. Regardless of how you lost someone, or if they have returned -- loss hurts and the holidays only heightened the anxiety and mixed emotions.
It is possible to overcome the loss, grief, and despair. Jesus is the Great Healer and awaits with open arms to help you and I on the road to healing, peace, and true joy.
I will go into more detail about this next Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Believers' Chapel North in Mexico, New York. See you there, I look forward to meeting you. For more information, the flyer is listed below. (315) 963-4100
My apologies to Jenni-Lyn's family - I hadn't intended your loved one's remembrance to be an advertisement yet this is how God led as I closed today's blog. I pray you will be able to join us - no one needs to know you are there but I pray you can make it and find some healing in her remembrance. She is not forgotten and you are lifted in prayer when the Lord places you all on my heart. :) Lisa