On August 3, 1968, 46 years ago today, God gave this world a very special gift in Kristen McColl Sauder. What an incredible gift she was!
Douglas Gresham was the step-son of C.S. Lewis who was married to his mother Joy. When she passed away, Gresham wrote that “she filled Lewis’ world as the greatest gift that God had ever given him”. I can say the same thing. Many times, I would tell Kristen “Honey, you’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me, besides Jesus.” I’m so grateful for the almost 25 years that God gave us together. What an incredibly rich relationship and marriage we had! What a blessing! What a joy!
Gresham also writes this about his mom and C.S. Lewis: “The greater the love the greater the grief and the stronger the faith the more savagely will Satan storm its fortress”. This is how the kids and I have felt about Kristen over the last six months. We had a rich, deep love– and therefore, we grieve deeply. But we are so grateful that Jesus Christ conquered the grave. That he prepared a way for Heaven. That he prepared for us– who put their faith and trust in Him– a way we can all be together again one day. What a great promise; what a great hope! I can’t wait to enter into the fullness of eternity!
Thank you so much for your many prayers, encouragement, notes, and support, especially on this special day.
Love and blessings, Kurt
PS. Lewis’ “A Grief Observed” is a little book that has brought great comfort to me over the last few months. It chronicles his deep grief when Joy passed away. I highly recommend it to those who have lost loved ones– for encouragement in their grieving process.