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Many of you know Ed and Brenda Flowers… in 1988 Brenda’s husband died suddenly of a heart attack… this left Brenda and her 14 yr. old daughter Kimberly all alone… Kimberly struggled with the loss of her father over the next few years, her behavior changed, she struggled with depression… and then on Nov. 3, 1992 she took her own life… Brenda wasn’t a Christian at the time, but through this loss and search for the truth she later came to know the Lord… and as she still struggled with the pain and grief of losing Kimberly, she found comfort and hope and peace in knowing God through Jesus Christ…

Since then Brenda has begun a ministry to comfort others who have lost loved ones to suicide, a ministry called “Memory Tree of Lights”… it is a ministry during the Christmas season, when the loss of loved ones is often most acute…

She says, “We are people who hope to be a blessing in the lives of others even though we, most likely, will be the ones who are blessed… we should not run from nor ignore the needs of survivors who believe in Jesus Christ, but we should rally around and address the pain we struggle with, which may over shadow such a sacred and holy celebration as our dear Lord’s birth… May the shadows of our departed loved ones gently yield to the Light of truth and the glorious events surrounding our dear Savior’s birth. He understands the true miracle of forgiveness and unconditional love . . . for it is He who embraces each of one of us and takes upon Himself our excruciating pain and our sorrows. May our loved ones who rest in our hearts, also rest in peace, and in His loving arms.