Sunday, November 18, 2012


Born-Dec. 31, 1975
Healed-Nov. 17, 2012

I clearly remember what went through my mind the first time I met you. "Oh my goodness, she looks like a real-life China doll." As I got to know you over the course of the next two weeks, it became clear  God was giving me an amazing, new friend, and I looked forward to seeing you again on the other side of the world.

Never did I guess that when I saw you a few months later, you'd be arriving in China on the same plane as my future husband,

 and that you and Danny would mentor us through our dating days. 

Never did I guess that we'd plan a youth retreat and witness this kind of craziness together

and introduce a new generation to "Saved By the Bell." 

Never did I guess that you'd be the one feeding my Butterfinger addiction every time you went to Beijing.

 Never did I guess that you'd be throwing Josh and I a wedding shower, 

that a few short months later, I'd be throwing you a baby shower for Caleb and Karen Vi

or that I'd be telling you draw a picture of your baby while blindfolded.

Never did I guess that you would be sitting at my wedding 

and praying for my marriage.

Never did I guess that we'd be crying tears of joy together

 and that our kids would eventually play together.

Never did I guess that I'd get to know some of the people that you influenced in such great ways.

and that some of my favorite pictures of Chinese people would come from the city that you loved and served with all your heart.

Never did I guess that visiting you in Beijing would be the last time I would get to spend with my dear friend.

In your last few months on earth, you were in more pain that any person should ever have to endure, but you allowed God to use you to minister to so many people.  Your one prayer request was that your faith would not fail.  That is such a testament to the woman that you were.  Now that you are with your Creator, I think you'll see just how many lives you have touched and that your faith has moved mountains in the hearts of many all over the world.  

For me, it's been 10 years to the day since Jesus first took my heart.  What a day to loose my best friend!  But I know that loosing you here on this Earth means that you are forever with Jesus.  I imagine you dancing with him and having a grand ol' time.

I'm a little jealous, a lot sad, and incredibly blessed to be able to say that you were my friend.

I already miss you, my friend.  Love on Jesus for me!


Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful way to honor your friend, so glad Jamie is healed now!... We love you & are praying God's peace for the Lund family as well as the Ransom family! {{{hugs}}}

~Mark & Joy

Sheila said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, but praising the faith of Jamie. Peace to all of you.

Unknown said...

Dear friends,
Thanks for this beautiful tribute to Jamie. She loved you all dearly! You all are such an incredible blessing! Your friendship made her life richer!:) We love you guys. May God bless you!

Danny, Faith, Caleb, and Viola Mei