On the first anniversary of her sister Ming's death, Abigail Thomas prayed before worshiping at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg, Pa. "I said, 'God, I don't want to ever forget Ming.' " Thomas remembers. " 'Let her be so close to me that I can feel her.' "
Later, at the back of the sanctuary, she found a booklet for the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots, a cross-cultural ministry serving isolated communities in Alaska, Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Its cover featured a drawing of child in God's hand--nearly identical to a carving the Thomases bought for Ming while she struggled with lupus. Beside it were words from Isaiah 49:15-16: "I will not forget you. See I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands."
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