Many of you have heard of this lady’s husband, Pastor Greg Laurie, but I’m not here to talk about him. I want to explain why I admire her enough to post about her here. You see, on July 24th, 2008 their son Christopher was in a car accident that ended his life. In the days and weeks after his passing, the grace and composure Mrs. Laurie exhibited was astounding, even in the midst of some of the most crippling grief a parent will ever face. I wouldn’t wish what happened to her and her family on anyone.
But somehow, by some miracle, she pulled through. I have no idea how, but she did. And 8 1/2 years later, after the world has forgotten, she still soldiers on. She still cares for the women around her in a way that takes my breath away. She’s loving, and supportive, and welcoming. She opens up her life and home to anyone that needs her. And though the grief is still evident in her life, she doesn’t hide behind it. She doesn’t pull away and shelter herself from the world, she embraces it.
Most of you don’t know this about me, but my aunt died suddenly when I was 16. Watching my grandpa bury his daughter was one of the most heart-wrenching things I’ve ever seen, and I don’t think he ever fully recovered. We lost my uncle (my aunt’s husband) a few years later, and it ended up killing both of his parents. Seeing that play out in my life gave me a new-found respect for both Greg and Cathe Laurie, even if I didn’t always agree with their stances on certain issues. Her heart for other women in pain is just so much larger than it was before because she can connect with them on a personal level. She’s felt their pain, and understands their loss better than most anyone.