October 4th, 2017 is a day that will be locked in my mind forever. The news that my friend was gone didn't seem real. It seemed like a very bad dream and I wanted to wake up to find that it wasn't true. Even now, three months later, as life transitions into its new "normal" I find myself wondering how such a thing can happen. You can read about Rena's life here: Obituary.
Rena had a deep and lasting impact on our community. I met Rena through school. Our kids went to Golden Eagle together. The very first time I met her I KNEW she was a dancer! It's something you can sense and see in her gracefulness and poise. My girls took classes with her for a semester when we first moved to Weed. Over the four years of knowing her I saw her love for Jesus shine through her love of dance. She never once shied away from sharing the gospel in her performances. As Grace began attending youth group, Rena and Danny were there making her feel welcome and included. At the funeral I was struck by the impact a life can have. I love the movie "It's A Wonderful Life". I looked around the COS auditorium that day at the 500+ people, packing the theater to standing room only, to celebrate the memory of such a beautiful couple, and I saw hundreds of lives changed. From little three year olds that loved being caught by Rena's butterfly net in class to teenagers that played dodge ball with them at youth group, to co-workers that needed a smile and tech support, and parents, siblings and children whose lives will NEVER be the same.
As I teach dance each week I pray that my life, my love for Jesus, my desire to draw others closer to Him would be reflective of the life well lived by Rena Moll. 💗💗💗💗