Jennifer Held, 14 years old, died in her sleep Saturday morning.
Just typing that sentence doesn’t seem right. Fourteen year old girls are not supposed to die in their sleep. They are supposed to grow older and get a driver’s license, go to prom, agonize over college, maybe get married and have a family.
Jennifer was part of our church and is a follower of Jesus. She even sang with the exchange worship crew a time or two. She was a lover of music, life, people, and her creator.
On Saturday I was in my daughter Mariah’s room. Mariah had been in camp with Jennifer earlier this summer and knew her from youth group. Mariah, Hannah (one of her best friends), and I were processing the whole thing. “Processing.” Like you can process something like this. We were all just kind of in shock at the whole thing. Hannah made a comment that Jennifer would always smile and would go out of her way to find people who were alone. Just Friday at school there was a new student standing between the pool and the cafe at school. He was all alone. Jennifer walked up and talked to him. A simple act that was normal for her. She was an example of a lover of people and of God.
For some reason, she was fond of green.
Every story I hear about Jennifer is remarkable. She seemed more mature than people three times her age. She is an example to be imitated. Though she did not live to a ripe old age, it very well may be that God jammed a lifetime of experience, passion, and love into a fourteen year old package called Jennifer Held.
Thank you Jennifer for showing us what abundant life looks like. We know that you are in a wonderful place. We wouldn’t wish you to leave heaven, but we sure miss you here. We will carry on the things that you showed us. Because of your influence, life will stop momentarily for many of us. We will reflect on your life and how it pointed us to Christ. You lived what you said you believed. You were an example and we want to be like you as you were like Christ. We will not soon forget you.
The world needs more Jennifers, especially since we lost one.
For more information, check out the article on Jennifer in the Terre Haute Tribune Star.
Leave a comment on how Jennifer impacted your life.
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