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Megan Hall

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Kelsie Taylor Padgett was an honest person, she laughed all the time, she loved Grey’s Anatomy, she was oh so talented, gorgeous beyond compare, and most of all she loved God. Kelsie sang all the time at church and she twirled on the football field every Friday night. She was also very intelligent. She had unwavering faith, she knew God had her back no matter what.

When she was in seventh grade, in 2015, she was diagnosed with a grade four glioblastoma brain tumor with rhabdoid features, but after some surgeries and treatments, she was cancer free. At the beginning of January 2018, she was diagnosed with cancer again, but it was more aggressive this time. As her friends, we saw her fighting hard and she was such an inspiration to us.

On October 29th, Kelsie went home and joined God, she was healed. Personally, as one of Kelsie’s closest friends, I can’t help but be devastated and that is why I cling to my faith as she did. When she passed away I heard someone say “today was the best of her life” and that really registered with me. Kelsie was going through a lot, a lot that none of us saw and for her finally to be comfortable and healed with her savior was the best day of her life.

Our school honored Kelsie in many ways. We painted the backside of the visitor’s bleachers in her memory, there were signs displayed throughout the school, the juniors were able to paint garbage cans for her that were at the game Friday night, we got to wear t-shirts supporting her, and so much more.

“Even if He doesn’t do what we beg, we are still His beloved. Even if He doesn’t, He still is. Even if He doesn’t do what we will, His will is still right and His heart is still good and the people of God will not waver. Real prayer has eyes on Christ, not the crisis. Even if He doesn’t – He does give enough — Himself. Even if He doesn’t – He does still love us. “If He doesn’t — I will still believe. Still believe — in Him.” That which we fear might happen to us — might be the thing to produce deep faith in us. Why be afraid of anything — when He’s using everything? God is answering all our prayers: No one enters into the real joy of the Lord in spite of the hard times —- but squarely through the door of the hard times.” – Ann Voskamp.

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