This past week, Robin Baughman, a 42 yr. old wife and mother of 4 young children, went home to be with the Lord. She had bravely fought breast, lung and brain cancer for almost the past two years. Hundreds gathered at her funeral last Thursday morning to say their goodbyes and grieve for the family that remains here on earth — but not for Robin.
No, there’s no need to grieve for Robin, for she is finally completely whole and in the presence of her Savior. Yes, we miss her, but on Thursday we not only mourned but also rejoiced that Robin is no longer suffering and is instead far removed from the effects of the Fall. While she was here, battling her cancer, she suffered in extreme ways. She suffered in ways I could never imagine.
More importantly, though, Robin suffered well for the cause of Christ. As Paul encourages us to do, she fought the good fight; she finished the course; she kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7). Although Robin did not to get be physically-present for many years of her children’s lives, she left them something that will eternally mean much more than her presence – a Godly legacy.
May we all strive to leave a Godly legacy, and suffer well, if the Lord, through his sovereign goodness, should allow us to endure severe hardship of any kind.
John and I were blessed to know her, to have watched her deal so valiantly with her illness and give all the glory to Christ in the process. We are blessed to know her husband, Gary, and their children and pray for them daily. Although we cannot understand the grief Gary, and the rest of Robin’s family, must feel at this time, we know that the God of all comfort is ever-present and has not forgotten about those who tarry on without her.
Thank you, Robin, for teaching us to suffer well.