With all of my plans written down (in pen!) and laid out very neatly in my planner, I might as well have written: "Well, you'll see." After one week going according to plan, I found out my grandmother, Karen Chen, was in the hospital for a brain aneurysm in Los Angeles and was unlikely to recover. She passed away four days later.
Visiting Poa Poa at the hospital
I am so keenly aware that you have committed much time, prayer, and resources to us and our ministry, and we are immensely grateful. And while this "update," has very little to do with the results of ministry, it is everything to do with the soul of ministry--aka. our motivations. I spent much of the rest of sabbatical grieving, processing deep thoughts, and in the midst of that celebrating Larry's 32nd birthday with great friends and pizza! Thank you so much for providing and praying for us in this season!
Below is what I shared at her memorial service. It's a collection of things I learned through our relationship, and also through this season of sabbath. I hope it gives you a picture of who she was and why she informs our ministry today (if you manage to get all the way through it!). Thank you, again, for your prayers and partnership with us!
Thank you so much for being here. I am learning so much about Poa Poa by your presence here today. And I’ve been learning so much recently, in general—much of it due to her passing.
The biggest question on my mind and heart recently: what gives life meaning? It’s not a strange or new question to ask in the presence of losing someone or something of great value. But I’ve been thinking about it…