By July 20, 2013 7 Comments

cassie stevensIn February 2013, Cassie Stevens was a healthy, happy teen. She developed what was thought to be a sinus infection.

One surgery, five MRI’s, five CT scans, one bone scan, one PET scan, two biopsy’s, one lumbar puncture, and one bone marrow biopsy later, Cassie was diagnosed with cancer.

Why Cancer Doesn’t Have To Have The Last Word

Cassie’s family, friends and strangers prayed for her to be healed.

If God answered prayer based on volume and sincerity, Cassie would be happily at home with her family today.

On July 17, 2013 Cassie passed away after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

Cassie was only 13.

For a parent, the death of a child is life’s worst nightmare.

Sherry and Greg Stevens were no exception. “We suffer unimaginable heartbreak…holes in our hearts that will never be filled.”

They were sustained in part by one of Cassie’s favourite quotes: “Smile like you’ve never cried, fight like you’ve never lost, love like you’ve never been hurt and live like there’s no tomorrow.”Smile Like You've Never Cried ...

Death Never Comes Easy

We laid Cassie’s body to rest in Edmonton, Alberta knowing full well her spirit was with her Creator and Saviour, Jesus.

Her dad said, “Minute by minute…that’s how you live life after you lose a child. You get through a minute, and move on to the next, and then the next….some minutes are good – like those in which you remember something wonderful…and some minutes are very difficult – like when you realize all those important life milestones that will never come (graduations, marriage, etc.)…but all you can do is move on to the next minute..”

It never gets easier, but there is hope.

“God comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does He do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (Today’s Living Bible)Cassie

Grief Share

Have you lost a child? A loved one?

Do you need help?

Griefshare is a supportive ministry that the Stevens used to find hope. You can too.

Find out about Griefshare at North Pointe here.

There are caring, empathetic people who will stand with you, cry with with you and not try to fix you.

APPLICATION: Have you gone through grief? Would you put your heartache to good use and help someone who is where you were? Join the conversation. Post a comment below. Thank you.

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Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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