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Remembering Brenda Harris

| August 19th, 2019

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Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” -John 11:25-26, NIV

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mrs. Brenda Harris. Brenda graciously served LCHC for 28 years. She was known for her compassionate and warm spirit, shown through her hugs and unconditional kindness to everyone she encountered. “Those hugs were a tangible reminder for me that grace and reconciliation do exist, not simply as ideas to debate but something one can experience, one drop at a time,” said Chris Dons, LCHC’s Chief Financial Officer.

Brenda loved her job. She always planned her vacations around payroll and hated to miss one. Her workspace was marked by several Scriptures on sticky notes, many hilarious quotes, and some pictures of precious moments shared with dear friends and family. Today, please pray for her husband Bernard and their entire family. Bernard also works at LCHC, and the two of them were married for over 47 years. They met when they were ten years old and have never known life apart since. Together they had three children and eight grandchildren.

Many of our staff members are also hurting right now. Please be in support of those who were close to Brenda, especially granting patience to them during this difficult time and covering them in prayer.

Jeff Nelson, a former LCHC employee, has shared some of Brenda’s words with us today. May they guide us as we grieve the absence of this amazing woman. Brenda said, “Specifically with cancer, God gives you a last chance to get things right. Instead of an unexpected shock, you can see the end...You need to focus on the good memories rather than the last struggles and outbursts...In most cases, their struggling is connected with their earthly hold. You have to let them go, so that they can peacefully let go. You have to communicate clearly that you will be fine when they are gone.”

-Pastor James Brooks