The following article originally appeared in the newsletter of Renewal Ministries’ Country Coordinators Don and Pat Turbitt. Their daughter, Lisa Turbitt Cunha, passed away at age fifty-four on April 1, after a three-and-a-half year battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her parents, her husband, and her three children. Our prayers are with Lisa and her family. 

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.

In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer,

I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

There are few sadder sights on earth than the sight of a person who has lost all hope. But if you place your faith in God, you need never lose hope. God is so good and His love endures forever. He has promised us who believe in the the gift of eternal life and He always keeps His promises. This is exactly what we experienced in the passing of our precious daughter, Lisa, early on Easter Sunday morning. We always kept the door of hope open until she breathed her last breath.

If you find yourself falling into worry and discouragement, consider the words of Jesus. He said, “I have overcome the world.” Our world is indeed a place of trials and tribulations, but if we put our trust in God, we can become more and more secure in Him. The Lord Jesus Christ brings us peace and joy. Let us ask for the grace to receive these gifts more abundantly.

We can receive these gifts today and never lose hope. Our God is faithful to bring His word to pass. For those who are grieving over the loss of a loved one, remember this, God alone controls the passageways of death!


The following meditation was found in Lisa’s journal:



When I see you, the world stops.

Love enters my world and it stops.

All that exists for me is You and my eyes staring at You.

No noise.

No other people.

No thoughts or worries.

No yesterday.

No tomorrow.

The world just stops and it is a beautiful place.

And there’s only You.

When You’re gone, the world starts again and

I don’t like it much.

I can live in it, but I don’t like it.

I just walk around in it,

And wait to see You again

And wait

For it to stop again.

I love it when it stops.

It’s the best thing

I’ve ever known or ever felt,

The best thing, and that is

Why I stare at You.

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