Goodbye for Now, Sweet Robin

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How do you say goodbye for now to someone you love so much? Someone so precious—to us, so perfect. Only 40 years old, our youngest child, Robin, fought the good fight of faith against one of life’s greatest enemies. After a seven-year battle with cancer she left to be forever with Jesus on Friday, December 28.

Betty and I have never experienced such unexpected heartache nor watched such a precious person suffer such dreadful pain and never once complain. From the time she was diagnosed with throat cancer seven years ago, she had signed every email: “I WIN.” Indeed, she has because her Savior has never lost a battle.

Everyone who knew her recognized she was one of the brightest lights and most consistent witnesses they had ever observed. She was our miracle baby. Betty had been told after the birth of our oldest daughter, Rhonda, who is now an amazing mother of four, that she would likely never have another child due to endometriosis. Five years after Rhonda’s birth, we adopted Randy—our wonderful son and father of four. Robin came unexpectedly three years later.

From the moment she was conceived, the fight for life was on. Before Betty even knew she was pregnant, she nearly lost her in a pool of blood at a restaurant while we were dining with some friends. The doctor immediately put her on a controlled program in order to carry Robin to full term. We didn’t know until years later that our daughter had not taken a breath on her own for more than 45 minutes after her birth. The doctor had rated her a “2” on a scale of 1 to 10 and recorded that she would likely live in a vegetative state. Every time he heard the reports of our active daughter, he said he was amazed and finally told us what a miracle she was.

Rhonda always said her little sister Robin was her hero—and Randy felt the same. She was a hero to everyone who knew her.

During the past year, Betty wrote these words to Robin concerning her battle for life:

As I look back, I believe in my heart—even though the signs of trouble were there—you were safe in the care of God. You were in His sanctuary, protected from all harm. He had a very special purpose for you…I’ve never known anyone with more energy and who expressed the joy of life any more than you. I believe everyone who knows you agrees that you celebrate life with enthusiasm and zeal. It is an expression of the life God offers to all of us if we will embrace it.

You take hold of every event in your life as a celebration. A party! You have always taken control of any situation, good or bad. You’ve never faltered or wavered on the journey. How courageous you have been and still are! Even during this serious and difficult time, you threw a party to celebrate God and His care for you. As you sat in the hairstylist’s chair, you praised God as she shaved your head. Then you stood up and said, “Old things passed away; all things become new.” I wanted to weep, but you had let everyone know that there would be no tears shed—only rejoicing and laughter. We all saw God’s healing power revealed in the peace and joy you freely expressed.

Betty and I recognize that Robin didn’t get the finish to her life the way we all envisioned, but she did run the race, finish the course—and she did win!  Robin did not fail. Faith did not fail. Her family and church did not fail. And God certainly did not fail! No, we do not understand why she suffered so much. We don’t have to. We continue to trust God. Robin is pain free, whole and in perfect peace forever.

Our son-in-law Kenny never left her side and served her as no one apart from God’s enabling possibly could. No way to witness more tender, faithful loving care on the part of a husband. All of her family, especially their three beautiful children—Christopher, Cody and Callie—stood shoulder-to-shoulder and heart-to-heart with her…believing, trusting and knowing she would win. I’ve never seen such fearless, unwavering faith.

While in the hospital ICU a few days before she passed, I whispered to her, “We win.” Even in that moment of weakness, her lips moved and she said, “I win!” I saw her fingers wrapped around her husband’s as they had been for so many days and nights. Her body weight had been reduced to about 85 pounds, and a lot of the brightness in her beautiful brown eyes had dimmed. I watched intently before she slipped into a sleep from which she would never awaken as she literally looked at every one of her children, nephews, nieces, brother and sister, husband, mom, dad and close friends. Somehow with the bewildered look of an inquiring child, I felt she was trying to say, “I’m not supposed to be like this. I never expected to be right here. But I want to know: Are you okay?” We were as okay as God could make us, but somehow we all wanted to reassure her.

Her brother Randy sat down by her bedside, and with a guitar in his lap, he said, “I wrote this song for you two years ago. A friend at my church made me promise I would sing it to you.” He did, as difficult as it was. She listened to the words, nodded, tried to smile as tears glistened in her eyes:

Hold On To You

And you will be with me ‘til the end
You are my Savior and my friend
Nobody else can take your place
Unending mercy and daily grace

You have not forsaken me
You love eternally

So I’ll hold on
Yes I’ll hold on
You’ve carried me
So faithfully
I’ll hold on to you
I’ll hold on to you

And you are the breath of life in me
You gave your Son to set me free
Nobody else will satisfy
The gates of hell are cast aside

You’re with me through the darkest times
Forever by my side

So I’ll hold on
Yes I’ll hold on
You’ve carried me
So faithfully
I’ll hold on to you
I’ll hold on to you

No height, no depth
Can separate the love you gave
Not life, not death
Will ever shake my faith

So I’ll hold on
Yes I’ll hold on
You’ve carried me
So faithfully
I’ll hold on to you
I’ll hold on to you

Randy looked at me a little later and asked, “Dad, do you think maybe she’s fighting sleep so hard because she thinks if she goes to sleep, she may not wake up?” I agreed, but knew Robin so desperately needed sleep, as her little body was exhausted. She had texted her mother a few days earlier: “This has to end!” The pain and suffering was about to end forever and ever.

She remained another day in a peaceful rest until Jesus took her in His loving arms; and with the love that lifts us all, He lifted her into His eternal presence. In no way did she deserve what she suffered. Satan, the enemy of all life, is a cruel and evil tormentor. Our entire family is resolved to do what Kenny said before the funeral, “I am going to live every moment the rest of my life to make Satan regret ever striking Robin!”

We remember a few years ago when Robin suddenly announced, “Mom and Dad, I want to tell you the worst thing I ever did when I was a little girl.” We paused a moment, thinking, Oh my, what will we hear? She said, “When I was about 9 years old, my friend talked me into climbing out my bedroom window one night and sneaking around the house, and then coming back in the window…I thought, ‘I’m so sorry I did that,’ and I still am.” We thought, Dear God, how could anyone suffer who has such a pure heart and sweet spirit?

While visiting in her home a few weeks before she reached her weakened state, with tears we seldom saw welling up in her eyes, she said, “I don’t understand.” Of course, we didn’t either—likely never will. She said, “I must be going to have some kind of testimony.” Oh boy, honey, you sure do. I just wish everyone could have a testimony like you. I pray we will all lift Jesus as high as she did with every breath.

We saw Jesus so clearly not only in the life she lived, but also in her peaceful passing. We see Jesus in her oldest son, Christopher. What a man of God. And in Cody, who looks so much like his Papaw and is so much more talented. And in Callie, who in almost every way is just like her mother. What a legacy our daughter has! We want everyone to know the Jesus, peace and joy that filled her life. She was a walking demonstration of what Jesus referred to as “abundant life.” She lived with the peace that only God can give and as the brightest possible light piercing the darkest areas on this earth.

At the hospital, as we were discussing with the social worker the hospice care they were recommending to make it easy for Robin to pass, the entire family together in confidence, peace, love and faith said, “We want to take her home so that we continue the battle until she wins.” The peace and love that overflowed in that room caused that worker to say, “What a family. What a truly special family!” I sensed my heavenly Father saying, “That’s what I want people to say about my family—about my church: ‘What a family!’” I want that too for His glory!

As parents, Betty and I have experienced waves of both overwhelming peace and unbearable sorrow. With each wave, one of us seems to have the strength to hold the other up. With the pain so great that sometimes I feel like someone is pounding on my chest with a sledge hammer and then sitting on my heart, I find myself crying out to God: “Lord, please let us live the rest of our lives to help alleviate the suffering and pain in the lives of others, many of whom who do not have praying, love-filled friends and family to comfort them.” I want to live so people around the world who are losing their young children for any reason, including disease and malnutrition, find hope and help from God’s loving arms. Betty commented to me, “Precious families who lose their beautiful children at a young age like those in Connecticut only enjoyed them a few years. We had our daughter for 40 years.” We pray God will help us alleviate suffering everywhere possible.

We want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts who has through prayer lifted us up into the glorious presence of our God and Father who is the only One who can comfort and give peace during times like this. It is unnatural for a parent to bury a child, but it becomes supernatural when a parent buries a child who, throughout his or her life, has revealed the glory of our great God and wonderful Savior.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done…on this earth, in us, as it was in our beautiful, precious daughter, Robin Rochelle Robison Turner. She will be waiting for us someday at heaven’s gates saying, “Come on, Mom and Dad, and meet the King of kings in all of His glory!” And we will!

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This article was written by James Robison

150 comments:

EthelSeptember 1, 2014 at 1:34 pmReply

I just watched your program on TBN and I was touched. I saw how hard it was/still is for you guys to lose a child but I could also see the fight and resolve in your eyes. I am thankful to God for your faith in him. My prayers are with you and your family. His grace is enough.

AudreyJuly 10, 2014 at 10:18 pmReply

I know that God will continue to comfort you and your families in those secret moments.. There’s no God like our God..Robin has won… God bless…

Casimir ZigulisMarch 20, 2014 at 10:04 amReply

I am so very sorry to hear the breaking news of Robin and she was close to your heart indeed, now she is with the Lord
and it is very sad and wanted to send our sympathy to you and Betty and the rest of the family as well.

Best,

Janet and Casimir Zigulis

Rebecca AllenJanuary 17, 2014 at 6:51 amReply

I am so glad you were able to share your story. It is a sign of courage to be able to and to face all that will follow as you go through these tough times of grief! I really have so much compassion for your family. I know what it is to go through pain, but there is no way to even touch what you are going through now. Only know this, that I care for you. You have really touched lives through all that you have said here. Thank you for being so transparent with your pain and also your realization of the glory of God!
To be used of God, even in times of pain, takes a lot of grace.
Thank you,

jeannette burnardDecember 10, 2013 at 6:13 amReply

i just heard that your daughter passed away i am so sorry for your lost and i hope your both are alright this christmas and for ever at least she is with god now and i know you will see her again. god bless you and your family take care god loves you all and thank you for sharing it with us god bless you

debiSeptember 27, 2013 at 9:12 pmReply

I just heard of your precious daughter’s passing…my heart breaks…I cannot imagine the pain….we all love you so much, though we do not know why here on earth, every tear will be wiped away by our majestic Lord in heaven…praying, standing with you, love to you all

DonnaSeptember 25, 2013 at 8:56 pmReply

Dear James & Betty,
I just found out about a month ago that your precious daughter, Robin went to be with Jesus. I am so sorry for the depth of your painful sorrow and deep grief. The ‘love of my life’ was called ‘home’ as well 16 months ago, from this dreadful disease.
He was also filled to the brim with life and love for his God. He led our song time at Church and smiled all the way through!
The road has been so very difficult, the grief, almost unbearable, at times. I was watching your show just this week with Philip Yancey. What a tremendous blessing it was to me. To hear the three of you say things that I am feeling deep within my soul, caused me to find just a bit more HOPE. Thank you for being so real, with your feeling. As we look and reach out for God’s tender comfort, our loved ones are basking in His Presence. And in a soon coming day, we will be greeted by our precious loved ones! I can hardly wait. Heaven is so much more precious to me now! I will pray for your continued comfort dear ones. May God wrap His warm blanket of love around you all, your entire family. God’s Blessings…

Lesa (Greenwood, IN)July 19, 2013 at 12:07 amReply

Dear James & Betty: To you and all your family we extend our deepest sympathy and thank God for the sweet memories and peace He gives you today. Your “Life Today” program is such a blessing. YOU have been such a blessing to me and countless others. It took me some time to make the connection (while watching your program) that your daughter Robin had passed away. Losing a loved one makes breathing, itself, so hard. Jesus recently reminded me – no more tears, no more pain, no more suffering in Heaven. That day is nearing. We look forward to the great reunion we will have! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you with the precious comfort you have offered so many others.
Lesa and family

Min. Shena ManningJune 4, 2013 at 10:38 amReply

Robinson family,

Words cannot express the pain and loss of a child, however the Love that you both have for your dear daughter is forever impressed in your hearts for a lifetime. May the comforting power and presence of God strengthen, encourage and hold you during this time of healing and restoration. The Lord does know your pain.. The Lord also knows that it hasnt been easy..but he will continue to confort and be with you… Please know that there are thousands of people around the world that care for you and are praying for you. Again, I am sorry for your loss though heaven has gained a beautiful daughter and I pray for your continued strength… You…Win!!
Love you,
Shena Manning & Family 770-733-9671

LeliaMay 30, 2013 at 9:00 pmReply

I did not know until now of your daughter’s passing. I was a faithful viewer of your show and like countless others, James and Betty have helped me so much and are such a blessing to so many. Remember noone can take away the beautiful memories you have of your daughter. I saw the video of her on Youtube. They say eyes are the windows to the soul, just by looking at her picture one could see that in her beautiful smile and beautiful sweet eyes what a sweet, beautiful person your daughter Robin was. I am so very sorry for your loss. When your darkness is deep all you have to do is reach for our Heavenly Father’s love because it is always there to comfort us. The time she was here she lived a full life with her beautiful children, she had a good life and the love of wonderful parents, she was so blessed to have such wonderful parents. God Bless You and may He comfort you in your sorrow.

Ann Van StaaverenMay 20, 2013 at 2:25 amReply

James~Betty~family,
With prayers for you and your family. I want to thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter’s memorial with all of us. It is hard to say bye to one of your children. I feel your pain. Our Heavenly Father is with you holding you all in his arms. Robin looks just like you Betty. She has your beautiful face, your expressions, smile and light in her eyes; and shines with the love of Jesus in her heart. I never knew Robin, but she is an inspiration to me, just like you are Betty. I needed to tell you that. God’s love never fails.

A Friend in PennsylvaniaMarch 13, 2013 at 8:44 amReply

I only just heard of Robin’s death on Life Today. When she took her last breath in ICU her next breath was the clean, fresh air of heaven. She did win. All of us who believe will win. Few families escape heartache and tragedy but since we never die, I just like to think that Robin changed her address. Be well friends. Thank you for your steadfast years on television and in your work in Africa.

Jim & Debbie CochraneMarch 8, 2013 at 12:16 amReply

As I went to your site tonight to donate for water wells I saw that your daughter,Robin went to be with Jesus.
I usually watch your tv show but I had surgery jan 4 then my mom had a massive stroke & she to went to be with Jesus jan 29, 2013…..we are so sorry for your great loss. During this time I have felt so strongly the presence of The Lord and seeing in my mind’s eye my mom smiling at me… I am so thankful even though I don’t understand…..I will be praying for your entire family…..they have so gained to be with the Father…but for us it’s bittersweet. God bless your family.

Joni SacravitchFebruary 28, 2013 at 3:18 pmReply

Dear James, Betty and Family – Im so very very sorry you lost your Robin. I pray Jesus will keep you wrapped in his ever
loving arms until you see her again .

CathyFebruary 28, 2013 at 10:10 amReply

Dear James and Betty, i am so very, very sorry for your loss. I just found out today (feb 28) and my heart is very moved by what you wrote. I lost a full term baby in 1987. I had taken a pregnancy test and was thrilled i was pregnant. It was a day or two later i passed some blood and i remember crying out to God “Please don’t let me lose my baby. I just found out I was pregnant.”
But she was fine by all apperances until she was born via c-section and couldnt breath on her own. We never got to hold her during her 16 days of life due to all the tubes and medical devices. We really didnt know her, our grief was more the loss of all the hopes and dreams we had about her. Im sure, very sure, your sense of loss is much greater. She would be 26 April 8, my eyes are teared now thinking of her. The pain does ease. There is always an empty spot in your heart, but it lessens. My thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you and all those who love her

CarolynFebruary 28, 2013 at 7:17 amReply

Dear James and Betty, I am so sorry for your loss. I only “know” you through tv and I watched your program this morning about Robin. I can see what a treasure and gift she was! What an amazing, awesome God she is with now–not subject to the pain and heartache here anymore. But we who have lost someone “early” suffer their loss. But God wins! He gets us back to be with Him. And He will continue to surround you with His love as well. God bless you all in your loss.

Regina DentonFebruary 27, 2013 at 3:49 pmReply

My Dearest James, Betty and family,
Today, I learned that Robin had gone to live with Jesus. All of the sweet memories of the times that I stayed in your home to be with Robin and Randy when you and Betty were on the road flooded my mind and heart. What a tender hearted and loving child she was when I knew her. I can only imagine the anguish of heart that you all are feeling. Please know that I will be praying for you all. Your family ministered to me so many times and I will always be grateful that I was blessed to be a part of your ministry, through television production. I love each and every member of your family and will be praying for your family.

Mary WalkerFebruary 27, 2013 at 12:26 pmReply

A Poem for Robin

Tender is the moment of every moment that you live
Nectars’ sweet life is in our Father’s grace
Let not love be provisional because we dim into ashes – a gray sky emerges
Give thy own to the unknown soul – this is the treasure
Lift a burden, uproot an evil
Transform the vile into a righteous sky
Rain pours, drenching the lost
Be their sunshine, be their moonlight

On the dark path of man’s understanding
In his limited intelligence he finds his own demise
In his hand a key that fits no lock
Only grace frees the prisoner

Who is worthy of the new morning’s sun? Not I– I say – not I.

Speak whispers and let the decibels evaporate into a misty day
Touch in tender strokes of springtime branches
The calmness of His presence is in your pain – He is there/here

Humble is the knee that leans into praise

Give us more Robins, give us more peace

Robin, thanks for the inspiration.

Mary Walker

KarenFebruary 27, 2013 at 8:55 amReply

To All The Robisons & Turners,
Your letter is beautiful Thank you for sharing your love and grief. I am praying for you all.
Seek courage and stength and love each other onward.

Pam NisleyFebruary 26, 2013 at 2:16 pmReply

I have just viewed the photo tribute of your dear Robin. With tears flowing down my face, at the many emotions I can imagine all of you feeling…..such loss, and yet joy, at her being with our Savior. The emptiness her kids, spouse and all of you that loved her so deeply are feeling………. I understand like so many others what it is to have others waiting on the other side. Oh what a reunion it will be !!!!
I can only say, I care and as I have just learned of Robin’s passing, and I see it has been nearly two months now – please understand I am praying and will continue in the seasons ahead. For all of you, Jesus will sustain you, just as He wrapped His arms around Robin and has her on the “winning” side, we too have that eternal hope. ((((hugs)))) with much love from Montana, Pam

Tom TierneyFebruary 22, 2013 at 2:34 pmReply

In the natural this is so sad. In the supernatural this is so good. Robin is now home with Jesus, waiting to welcome you, her family and her friends, along with others who have given their earthly lives to Jesus Christ. I too have lost family – my grandson, Joshua, onthe day he was born in 1999, and my dad after 79 years in 2006. The memories never go away, but the pain will ease after awhile. Be happy for the 40 years you did get to spend with Robin here on earth, and look forward to the eternity you’ll get to spend with her when The Lord calls you home too. Our prayers are with the entire family.

God Bless,
Tom & Diana Tierney
Houston Texas ( Clear Lake area )

PS – We watched the video tribute to Robin. It really tore at my heart when I saw the photo of her and the white dog. We have a dog – Corey – that looks EXACTLY like that – lab and Alaskan malamute mix. He’s our 4 legged son.

Marilyn BorinFebruary 16, 2013 at 1:45 pmReply

I’m so sorry for your lose. I can see your daughter had a special sparkle.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Harry bolsterFebruary 9, 2013 at 8:57 pmReply

I am so sorry to here about your beautiful daughter. All my love, thoughts, prayers are with you and your family, god bless all of you.

Susan Bohannan ThomasFebruary 6, 2013 at 8:36 pmReply

Thank you for the remarkable, God-inspired words you share from your father’s heart. What a treasure of a life and I’m so very grieved for all of your loss. It may have been years since I played in your back yard with Robin and spent time with her in your upstairs game room, but my heart aches at the news. I’m so thankful to God for the life you describe that she has lived and I join your family in placing all my HOPE in the day we will all be made whole in the presence of our King. Families reunited and tears wiped away. What a day! We continue to pray for God’s comfort as He draws near to you all. Many blessings and prayers.

Lisa ShawFebruary 4, 2013 at 10:12 amReply

My heart is both saddened for your family, especially Robin’s three precious children and husband and for you and Betty as her parents. I am also saddened for the suffering she endured but my heart rejoices in knowing she is healed and whole fully and rejoicing in the presence of our Lord and King! I am also rejoicing over the legacy of love and faith–deliberate determination to stand on her faith–”I win!” Well, she won indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love the family member who expressed living to make the devil sorry he ever striked Robin! I agree with that! The best way to do that is to live fully for Jesus–unashamed, unapologetic, with love, worship and obedience–shining His light in this dark world. I’m standing with your family, determined to do the same!

Blessings and love,
Lisa Shaw
http://www.lisashawcares.com

Joy & Anthony CarpenterFebruary 2, 2013 at 4:26 pmReply

Dear James & Betty & family, We are so sorry for the loss of your precious daughter, Robin. We have just journeyed this road of grief & loss ourselves losing our 3rd child, our newborn daughter on December 12, 2012 after fighting for life for only 27 days. As born again believers, we share the same hope as you do that we will see our daughters again, but it does not make us miss them any less in this lifetime. You will be in our prayers that the “God of all comfort” will comfort you & surround you with His love & presence during this difficult time. Your ministry is such a blessing & we watch your program often. The work you do for other hurting families & children is incredible & we have been blessed to support your work on several occasions. Thank you for all you do to serve the Lord. Sending you love & prayers in Jesus Name!
The Carpenter Family

Becky FloresJanuary 27, 2013 at 8:57 amReply

It’s been almost a month that your precious daughter went to be with OUR LORD!! I see your program daily and have grown to love you an feel I am part of your family. I am a breast cancer survivor. And I know some of what Robin experienced. It’s been almost 5 years and our previous LORD healed me with no treatment. But I love our LORD and I know he needed ROBIN with him!! She is dancing in those street in heaven!! Waiting for all of us. BLESSINGS OF JOY goes your way. Please pray for my emotions as I still suffer. But Robin and I both won!! PRAISE THE LORD

CaringJanuary 26, 2013 at 1:44 pmReply

What a beautiful tribute to your daughter. Thanks for sharing this with us. May God hold up you and Betty. To your daughter’s husband and children, my thoughts and prayers are with you. No one can ease your pain except God. In the meantime, continue to encourage and embrace one another. God Bless Your Family. I love you. In Christ.

Janie DewsJanuary 22, 2013 at 1:11 amReply

Dear James and Betty, I am so heartbroken for you to learn of your great lose. You have been such a blessing to me through the years. I remember seeing your children when they were young on your broadcasts. They were so precious, I always wondered how and what was going on in their lives. but I never imagined you were going through this great a trial. The two of you are always so filled with the joy of the Lord. I love you both so much, and I will keep your family in my prayers. May the peace of our Lord and Savior fill your hearts and bring you comfort.

DanielJanuary 15, 2013 at 5:13 pmReply

I am new in the journey of Jesus Christ. I came across your show Life Today by accident, but I now believe that God wanted me to read about your daughter Robin, who’s life is an inspiration to all who have faith in Jesus and our loving Father. Robin stood up to Satan and his many demons in her fight for life, and she won, and they failed. You will see your daughter again in the light and love which is Heaven. God bless you all.

Steve SpillmanJanuary 15, 2013 at 9:55 amReply

Dear Robisons, We’re grieved with you over your family’s loss and we rejoice with you that, in His Grace, this is not the end, but the beginning for Robin. Seeing the life, love and family overwhelmingly on display, I cried when I viewed the photo tribute. Thank God for the sacrifice of His child that gives eternal life to ours. Thank God.

Diane WardJanuary 11, 2013 at 10:25 amReply

Precious children gone from us for a short time, yet every day a long journey for us. My son Christian Michael Ward passed away Home on Father’s Day, 2012 at age 43. As with your precious Robin, he almost did not survive his birth. He was my only child, the father of 2 beautiful boys, and most of all a child of God. What a day – what an hour – what bliss when we see our Lord Jesus and those we love. There is nothing so painful as loving a child, and God knows that.

diane

Gary GibsonJanuary 11, 2013 at 3:01 amReply

I am ashamed to say that I did not know of your great loss untill tonight when I logged on to give to the ministry. I was shocked and my heart is truly breaking for all of you. It really feels to me like I have lost one of my own daughters. No, I did not know Robin personaly, though I have seen you all and the whole family a few times over the years and have grown to love all of you. I know that you all will miss her so very much, but you also know that she is with our Dear Lord Jesus and that she is so happy and pain free there with Him. I have 2 daughters that I have not seen for very many years, and it has been a constant heart breaking burden that they are still on this earth and there still has been no restoration between us. And, I will continue to love them as I know you will continue to love Robin. I will continue to be praying for all of you. God Bless You All.

Terri and Jeff KarlinJanuary 11, 2013 at 1:53 amReply

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of your family as you continue to face the pain related to losing your Robyn. We lost our sister just last year with a tough battle with Triple Negative Stage 4 Breast Cancer. She left behind 3 kids, Dezzie, Jeffie, and Josh and a heartbroken family. But, as you all know, God is so with us in the midst of the pain we don’t understand and yet, He always provides peace that passes understanding. God Bless you all in spite of what you are facing as you all have blessed us and countless others with your reflection of Christ !!

Josh and Elda PeckJanuary 10, 2013 at 10:17 pmReply

My heart breaks for your loss. We are lifting up all of you in our prayers, knowing our Heavenly Father is holding and comforting you all.

The Peck Family

KarenJanuary 10, 2013 at 9:27 amReply

My Precious brother and sister in Christ!
My heart and prayers for God’s super natural comfort go out to your entire family and household! May He hold your daughter’s children and husband and bless them with a supernatural grace at this time and through the years to come.
There are no words I could say , just have my prayers,
Sincerely ,
Karen

Lisa LundstromJanuary 9, 2013 at 1:05 pmReply

I have been praying for you both. I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child. Heaven will set this right someday as you will be reunited. The real loss here on earth is exactly that…Loss. I enjoyed meeting you both years ago when dad and I appeared on your show. Dad (Lowell Lundstrom) went to heaven last July 20th…just 7 months and 7 days after his love of a lifetime, Connie, died of cancer. Our family is also mourning and rejoicing. I will continue to pray as you learn to live with the loss.

Laurence St. JohnJanuary 9, 2013 at 7:23 amReply

James, Betty and Randy,
In times of the loss of someone who is loved so dearly, words seem so futile as a means of offering encouragement and support. I wish I could be with you to just be a servant and hold your hands, give an embrace of comfort, fix you a meal, be a shoulder to cry on, wash the dishes, do the laundry, dust the furniture, or just be a silent rock of support for you to lean on in those difficult moments of overwhelming sorrow. I understand what is involved with this type of sorrow and loss. I can only say that the Lord Jesus Christ which you have served for over 50 years will never leave you or forsake you. Robin cannot come to you now, but you can continue to labor in the fields of harvest to see many souls find redemption so they can find there place in the kingdom of our Lord with her. God Bless each of you…

Roy and Margaret WatsonJanuary 8, 2013 at 2:53 pmReply

We are sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful sweet daughter. We know that she is pain free and is in the loving arms of Jesus. This is what gives us peace, comfort, strength, and hope; hope that we will see them again. Mr.&Mrs. Robison, your loving daughter, Robin is not in your past but she is in your “FUTURE” because of God’s promises to us. We pray that you and your wife, Robin’s husband, children, and the family will be filled with God’s peace and comfort during this time. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family and we pray for God’s continued blessings in your life. We love you.

Martha TomberlinJanuary 8, 2013 at 12:42 pmReply

James & Betty and Family,
My sister and I are so sorry to hear of your great loss of your loving daughter Robin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may the Lord Jesus comfort your hearts during this time. Loosing a child is so hard, but we can rejoice that one day we will get to be with them again forever. There will be no separation or heartache anymore when we get to heaven. God bless you.
The Tomberlin and Ellis families

Sharon HenleyJanuary 7, 2013 at 9:48 pmReply

I was gone over Christmas and didn’t read this ’til now, Jan. 7th, but have wept with you over the loss of your precious Robin. I can’t imagine losing a child and the enormous heartache it would be. I’ve had many loses in my life; my dear Daddy died at 39 leaving my sister and myself as teenagers, and a new baby brother of 10 months. Death has been a very real presence in our lives. My mother remarried when my brother was four, then my stepfather died four years after that. We also buried our mother, then three years ago my brother who was more like my own son, died at the age of 54, being bed-ridden for ten years, due to abusive drug use. He finally accepted Jesus so I know I’ll see my family again, but the pain “beating my chest” as James said paints the picture of how death affects us. Only Jesus will heal the wound your dear Robin’s death left, and she will continue on in the lives of her children. We all need to shine for Jesus like she did to let people know of His healing grace and mercy. “This little Light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine ’til Jesus comes!” I love your program “Life Today” and watch it regularly and when able have helped financially. I’ve so appreciated your stand for a return to the values our country was founded on. It will be hard, but please we need your voices today declaring the love of God and Christian values. Thank you for letting your lights shine through your programs! May God’s peace surround you and your family as you pick up the pieces and continue the good fight!

Susan Blake-Caldwell and FamilyJanuary 7, 2013 at 3:30 pmReply

Losing a loved one is never easy. Losing a loved one to cancer is even more heart breaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We may rest assured our loved ones are no longer in pain, and are standing in the presence of our precious Lord, Jesus. We will see them again one day. May God bless, and uplift you all.

the Smith FamilyJanuary 7, 2013 at 1:58 pmReply

We want you to know that you and all your family have been a great source of inspiration and a huge blessing to our family, because V and our sons were saved in your ministry, because we attended so many of your family conferences, and because we have watched your program since 1977. What a blessing Robin has been on this earth and is now in heaven! What joy she is having with Jesus! Our hearts hurt with you, but we pray that your family’s grief will be short-lived and will give way to great joy, knowing you will all see her soon!

LelyJanuary 7, 2013 at 7:55 amReply

Praying with love for you, Betty, and all of your family for strength and comfort in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Sara WelshansJanuary 7, 2013 at 7:52 amReply

Dear Betty and James, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved daughter Robin. I am praying for you and your family, and I am praising God that the separation is temporary.

DianaJanuary 6, 2013 at 11:00 pmReply

I was so moved by this beautiful story of your precious daughter. I held back the tears as much as possible until I read the entire story and then wept. However, we know of God has one more beautiful angel with Him. God picks only the best angels to be with Him and to watch over us. We all should strive to live such a grateful life as your daughter with such a merry heart. I give praise to God every day and night for His mercy and love, and for such beautiful human beings as your precious daughter. It is hard to even imagine the pain for parents to go through burying their children, even though we know they are with God. We need to remember we have one more angelic being watching over us each day. What a blessing to know she is at home with our Lord.

Trevor & NicoleJanuary 6, 2013 at 9:45 pmReply

James, Betty, Kenny & family,
Our heartfelt prayers go out to both families and may you all be lifted up by our Saviour Jesus in this very difficult time.
No words can be said that would comfort you but you are all loved and prayed for from all over the world.
May you all be in His comforted arms.
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

mary barnesJanuary 6, 2013 at 8:59 pmReply

Outreach is truley what you do, even with this. Truley you reach daily into lives with extroydinary will power and determination to help the helpless.. I felt blessed to see her younger pictures. To see her love for the Lord and unshy to share with others. You share a positive message to let everyone know families stick together with harmony to serve the Lord. Standing brave and unmoveable is what we all need to do in our faith and all of you showed us again with your message to do exactly that. I really liked the picture of dad holding his daughter and her looking up at him with the sweetest look.

Nancy James WhitlockJanuary 6, 2013 at 8:51 pmReply

Dear James and Betty – you were so supportive to our family when Dad died two years ago. Please know that we are all praying for you and celebrating Robin’s wonderful life. She was so sweet as a child, and it’s such a testimony to hear how she blossomed into a godly wife and mother. What a true legacy she has left! I know my father was waiting at Heaven’s gates to welcome her!

Velda RikelJanuary 6, 2013 at 8:37 pmReply

Thank you for sharing your heart in such a hard time. God is so gracious and merciful, He is always so faithful when we need extra strength just to get through the day. My husband Paul and I watched the memorial with tears of sadness and yet tears of admiration for our Lord. We know that Robin is whole now, with Jesus by her side. Oh Blessed be the name of The Lord. May God hold you and your family closer than ever before. She has indeed won, and so have we.

Peace to you, Velda Rikel

AnnieJanuary 6, 2013 at 7:50 pmReply

We grieve with you and send a flood of blessings and prayers. May our wonderful Lord continue to comfort and heal you. Robin’s testimony through you will undoubtedly touch many, who will also be inspired to “win!”

Jerry IngramJanuary 6, 2013 at 4:42 pmReply

James and Betty,

You may not remember me from First Baptist Hurst and First Baptist Euless but we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

May God continue to surround your family with peace through the heartache.

In Christian Love, Jerry and Dwain Ingram

Tony WalkerJanuary 6, 2013 at 2:01 pmReply

my heart breaks for you and your entire family, we weep with you and rejoice also
as we know that your precious Robin is in heaven with Jesus.

Love you folks <3 <3 <3

Laura Wright FletcherJanuary 6, 2013 at 1:46 pmReply

Praying for you all. What a blessing Robin was. My heart aches for you. But what a victory her life lived for Christ.

Gary and CarolJanuary 6, 2013 at 10:46 amReply

We were surprised and extremely sadden to hear about Robin. May God’s comfort and peace be with your whole family through this extremely difficlut time.

Steve CollinsJanuary 6, 2013 at 8:10 amReply

May God give you and your family strength and blessing during this time.

Heather MJanuary 6, 2013 at 4:04 amReply

James and Betty and all of your Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Some things we may not understand entirely in this life. Some things are just too difficult for us to comprehend. My parents were entering the Ministry in nineteen sixty coming from England to Australia when my mother was killed in a car accident. She left behind four children and a grieving husband who loved her very much. We ranged from age five to twelve. My mother was a powerful woman of God and would have put a huge dent in satans kingdom, I really believe that. My parents would have made a big difference together in this Nation. Times I also feel that I want to hit back at the enemy for what he did to my mother. “When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of The Lord lifts up a standard against him.” You are such a special couple, Family and have made such an incredible difference in The World because you Serve the Lord Jesus and have been obedient to His Calling on your lives. You have made a tremendous difference in the Body of Christ. Thank you for every sacrifice that you have made. He will not forget the work of your hands nor the meditation of your hearts. Allow His love and the Love of the Body of Christ to heal your precious hearts. God Bless all of you, Heather

PattiJanuary 6, 2013 at 3:20 amReply

May our Lord take the balm of Gilead and apply it to your hearts…he is faithful and will heal. “Glory to God” he has been GLORIFIED and will continue to be GLORIFIED through your FAMILY! Thank you for sharing, her LIFE will bear fruit for generations to come. Blessings to you and your FAMILY, always!!!

MishaJanuary 5, 2013 at 6:29 pmReply

James and Betty, Robin was very blessed to come from a home with such great parents. I didn’t know Robin personally but I know how much you and Betty loved your daughter and I am so sorry you have to deal with this lost. My grandparents lost there son when he was only 19 and the love for him has never stopped. It is so amazing to hear that through everything Robin never change who she was in her faith in the Lord. I will be praying for you and your family through this.

LoriJanuary 5, 2013 at 1:28 pmReply

Praying for your precious family. Your family is an inspiration of God’s love, mercy and faithfulness. All my love to your family.

CarlaJanuary 5, 2013 at 8:06 amReply

Praying for you all!

Mike SabensJanuary 5, 2013 at 7:02 amReply

My wife and I lost our 17 year old granddaughter on April 18,2012, in a tragic automobile accident. She was driving home from a high school softball game in which she had just finished playing. She was making a left hand turn when a teammate in another car ran into the back on my granddaughter’s car killing her in an instant. The pain of such a sudden lose has been a struggle to overcome, but my Father God has been gracious. I say all this to say, we feel the pain and know the emptiness, but we know our God is sufficient to carry us through to victory. Shalom!!!

JanetJanuary 5, 2013 at 6:47 amReply

James and Betty, thank you for sharing your life so openly. James, your life…from your beginning to where you are now, is a living testimony of the greatness of God. Betty, your faithful love is so wonderful, and it shows through everytime you look at your husband, and sit beside him during the good times and the difficult times. Truly, God’s love is faithful, and the love of God in people makes a difference. Thank you for sharing and giving your life so openly for His glory.

MarilynJanuary 4, 2013 at 11:17 pmReply

My heart hurts for all of you. Having lost my youngest sister, Mom & Dad in the past 2 years I know the pain & the joy.
The pain of not having them to hug & hold close in the flesh and joy in knowing they will have no pain ever again.
The joy of knowing because of Christ we will see them again. May God continue to give you grace, strength & comfort in the days ahead.

Patricia and ivo DlouhyJanuary 4, 2013 at 10:36 pmReply

Dear James and Betty: how our hearts grieve with you at the passing of your daughter Robin. We remember so many stories over the years about her and we had no idea how ill she was. She is now at peace in the arms of our Lord and Saviour. Please extend our condolences to her husband and family as well. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all. You have been such an inspiration to us over the years so we pray that the love we send will be a blessing to you. Love in Christ…Pat and Ivo Dlouhy Canada

Helen BundschuJanuary 4, 2013 at 10:24 pmReply

Dear James, Betty, Rhonda, Randy and Family,
Words fail…my heart breaks… all my memories are of the life loving little girl!! She was always so sweet. We know she is with the Father but I also know how very special her birth and life was to your family….such a joy. My prayers are with you all. Your family has always been very special in my life, from Falls Creek…crusades…baby sitting the three R’s and just being in your home. From the bottom of my heart please know I send my love and prayers. My regret is I did not know Robin as a young woman but your story painted a picture of how I imagine she would be. Always in His Love, Helen

Sue GriffinJanuary 4, 2013 at 9:11 pmReply

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Tears came to eyes as I read about your precious daughter, and the battle she went through with cancer. It is beautiful to hear about the love she was given by all of you. My heart goes out to each one of you.
I watch your program every day, so I feel like I am part of our family.

KathyJanuary 4, 2013 at 6:09 pmReply

I saw a friend had posted your site on FB and I read what it was about and my heart breaks once again for parents loosing a child. My son went to be with our Lord four years ago on December 21, after battling 15 months with Stage 4 Colon Cancer, he was 38 years old, a husband and father to three children, 3, 6 and 9. He had a very agressive, and rare forms of colon cancer. They would do surgery on Stefan, open him up and scrape what tumors they could off of his organs and close him up and call in the “pump team” and insert four tubes into his torso and actually pump the chemo into him for almost two hours. they did this twice and could not do it anymore as Stefan would have bled to death. He was on chemo, but happy he only lost a little bit of his hair, and never complained about any thing he had to endure. He was a Godly man and so many people told me how he had helped them at hard times in their lives. At his funeral, he did not want his pastor to talk about him but to give the message of salvation to the hundred of people that came and four came to know the Lord that day. I can still see him going through all this pain and not wanting to leave his family and fighting till his body could fight no more, but seeing and hearing how his life touched so many was such a blessing to me. I cannot say that it has gotten any easier but, I know he is with our Lord and praising Him and rejoicing with no pain and no tears. I look forward to that day. Why he had to suffer as he did, God knows, I do not but I believe God is in control and He knows why, that is okay with me for now. May God be closer to you then your heartbeat these coming days and be with you in your time of healing.

KarenJanuary 4, 2013 at 6:01 pmReply

James and Betty, thank you for this touching tribute and for sharing this unexpected journey with us. James, through your voice, your presence and tender heart, you are a father to so many, myself included. I will be praying for you and Betty and Robin’s husband and children in the months to come.

CharJanuary 4, 2013 at 5:34 pmReply

Our heartfelt sorrow for your pain of having to say goodbye to Robin. God is in you
and will strengthen all of you and give you the comfort you need.
I agree with Kenny…Satan you will regret this! What you meant for harm will be
Robin’s testemony for our Savior!

connieJanuary 4, 2013 at 5:29 pmReply

DEAR ROBISON FAMILY,
GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND GIVE YOU STRENGTH AND CONSOLATION . THANK YOU FOR SHARING

RosaJanuary 4, 2013 at 5:26 pmReply

So very very sorry James and Betty..no words…love and prayers to all..

P.S. The song is originally from Hillsong group “You hold me now”.

Jeannie EvansJanuary 4, 2013 at 5:07 pmReply

I cannot begin to find words to express my deep sympathy to the Robinson/Turner families. As a hospice chaplain, I’ve been bedside many times when the Lord comes to gather His own into His arms and take them home. What a joyous day that is for the one who gets to go Home. Only for a little while shall you be without Robin in this world. But, through your faith and with His strength, you all win as well. (((HUGS))) from Southern Maryland.

Aimee MageeJanuary 4, 2013 at 4:31 pmReply

James and Betty,

You were certainly blessed with three exceptional children; I consider my time working with Randy and for you and Betty to be among the happiest and most rewarding six years of my life. As I started a new life with a new husband and two more babies of my own, I feel even more blessed because of the time I spent under your influence. I could never be as eloquent a writer or speaker as you, but I hope that you can understand what I’m trying to convey. You and Betty must be so proud of the children you have raised, and the way they have raised their own children. I can only hope that my own four children will be as blessed.

Sharon HughesJanuary 4, 2013 at 4:16 pmReply

Dear James and Betty, I am so sorry for your loss. Our children are not suppose to preceed us in death…know that you are in my prayers and the prayers of thousands…and I know you know she is whole now in Jesus’ arms. Thank you for your faithfulness in ministering to all of us over all the years. Love in Christ. Sharon

Brenda & Gary ArcherJanuary 4, 2013 at 4:03 pmReply

We are so sorry to hear of this news. May Our God of Peace and Comfort hold you close in these days.

MarleneJanuary 4, 2013 at 3:59 pmReply

Dear James and Betty,
I share your pain as I read your letter today. We have been in your position of losing a daughter, at the age of 39, to lupus. She too suffered horribly before she passed. I know the hurt and pain that ya’ll are feeling. God was our greatest comfort as he is yours. It has been 12 years and it does get easier. You are so right, we are not suppose to bury our children, but because the God that we serve is so awesome, we will continue to trust Him even though there are no answers. I continue to trust Him through every situation and can praise Him daily because I can look to the future and know that I will see her again and it will be a time of celebration. Praise the Lord that He made this possible at the cross. Our greatest concern should be to be a true christian witness for the Lord Jesus Christ so that others who do not know Him will want that opportunity. God bless you and your loved ones as you go through this time.

Thy Kingdom Come,
The Tims Family

DebbieJanuary 4, 2013 at 3:29 pmReply

My heart is broken as I read this beautiful eulogy to a life well lived, a precious woman of God who truly “finished the race.” Prayers for all of you. No words can take away your pain, but the God of all hope will give you peace.

Michelle Nowell (West)January 4, 2013 at 3:22 pmReply

I am sorry to hear about Robin! I remember Robin because I had the privilege of going to school with her when I lived in Texas. She invited me into her home and the kindness she shared with an insecure girl will never be forgotten. I am very thankful for that time in my life where God placed Robin there. It was no accident!

I will be praying for all of the family during this time of loss and rejoicing at no more pain!

BiancaJanuary 4, 2013 at 3:08 pmReply

I will be praying for you and your family, that God will continue to bring a powerful wind of His joy and peace instead of sorrow on your hearts, you as a family have been an incredible testimony and blessing to the world…. Hugs and kisses from Mexico…. God bless you always!

BillJanuary 4, 2013 at 3:06 pmReply

We stand with you, bleed with you, rejoice with you.

SarahJanuary 4, 2013 at 2:52 pmReply

Deepest Sympathies to you, Betty, and your family.
This was a loving, touching post. My heart grieves with you. May God hold you close at this time.

Shareese FranklinJanuary 4, 2013 at 2:46 pmReply

As I’m sitting in my office cubicle in tears by the sweetness and the love for your daughter…I’m reminded about the Fathers Love for us. Thank you so much for sharing this letter with the world, as it has took hold of my heart and allowed it to believe again. Prayers are with you and your family. Thank you, Sir.

erinJanuary 4, 2013 at 2:42 pmReply

In the aftermath of December 14th 2013 I learned something about joy in the midst of despair. I hope this revelation can bring your family joy in the midst of darkness.

So why can we have joy today? Because Jesus has come and in the midst of the saddest of days he is our rescuer.
JOY TO THE WORLD! THE LORD HAS COME!!!!!

May you be rescued from despair because of JESUS, Robin won and you do too!

My prayer for you is that if Robin can tear her self away from the presence of God she will be able to see your faces when you see Jesus face to face for the first time as you enter eternity. I pray she sees your victory just as you saw hers!

AprilJanuary 4, 2013 at 2:31 pmReply

Bro. James, Betty and family. Ever since Pastor Robert announced Robin’s home going we have been lifting your family in prayer! What a moving tribute! Thank you for sharing your Robin with us and for sharing your heart! Unfortunately, too many of us have a cancer story, as I myself saw my father, who had a healing ministry for 50 years, suffer and die from cancer, but praising God with the last words he uttered, telling us we couldn’t imagine the glory he was seeing! We all win! As my Dad used to say, he had read the back of the book: satan is defeated and Jesus is victorious!! Robin is rejoicing, singing in a perfect voice! Praise God!!

Diana FlegalJanuary 4, 2013 at 2:05 pmReply

Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos of your daughters life with us.
Prayers and Sympathies are with you all.
Your family have faithfully ministered to me over the years and it is my privledge to uphold you all now.
Diana

adrine reedJanuary 4, 2013 at 2:00 pmReply

Hello dear friends, Betty and James, the article about your daughter’ life is remarkable. There is not enough words to say that would explain how my heart hurt for your family. Not because of death but because of life. Life is so beautifu and we could all learn from the joy that Robin experience. You can tell the joy of the Lord was her strength alone with her precious family. I love the Lord and reading your story of that beautiful life makes me want to continue to do more for my Savior. I want to live so other will know that Jesus is my all and all. I will continue to pray for you and your family. I will share your story with as many people as will listen and let them know Jesus is the only way. I think God told satan that he could touch her and she showed him that she and Jesus together will always WIN!!!!!!!!!!God Bless you and your family. His servant, Adrine Reed

Art CuellarJanuary 4, 2013 at 1:43 pmReply

The LORD bless you and Betty and your entire family during this season with strength and boldness. I have gained strength and courage myself from what Kenny said,“I am going to live every moment the rest of my life to make Satan regret ever striking Robin!” My heart goes out to you in the name of Jesus!
Your brother in Christ
Art Cuellar

Cathy DicksonJanuary 4, 2013 at 1:06 pmReply

To all your family, I along with many, many others are lifting your family up. I just thank the Lord that Robin is with our Lord and Savior. No more pain, no more questions………she won completely.

Mary Lou DusseauJanuary 4, 2013 at 12:35 pmReply

Dear James and Betty and entire family,

My heart breaks for you child and her family. To see a child suffer is unbearable without Jesus bearing us up. Our daughter, Stacia, went to nurse her five month old Luke and realized that he had died since she last fed him and during his sleep. She and John have struggled mightily and we feel so helpless. We pray for you and ask a prayer for them. God bless all of you as you have blessed so many. Bill and Mary Lou

Ruth BrownJanuary 4, 2013 at 12:33 pmReply

You don’t know me, but I am one of your supporters who lives in North Idaho. I love you and Betty and I wish I could be there right now to put my arms around you both although It would be no words to say. I love Jesus, and I am very grateful for your daughter Robin. God hold you both today.

Joy and Brian WeberJanuary 4, 2013 at 12:23 pmReply

We are sincerely sorry for your loss. We will be praying for your entire family.

Mary Jo PierceJanuary 4, 2013 at 12:22 pmReply

Dear James and Betty, Often at times like this we are at a loss of words. However, in the middle of your heartache you have gifted us with a glimpse of grace Robin and your family that held you. Often, at times like this, more questions arise that are left unanswered. You, on the other hand, have given us answers. Faith. Hope. Love. Glorify God. I will do my part to take this charge and commission to add my faith and prayers to a church that hears our heavenly Father saying, “That’s what I want people to say about my family—about my church: ‘What a family!’” I want that too for His glory!

Craig CrawleyJanuary 4, 2013 at 11:59 amReply

Blessing to you Betty, KEEP LIVING LIFE STRONG! For the Kingdom of GOD is near. LOVE YOU MY BROTHER AN SISITER.

Linda LancasterJanuary 4, 2013 at 11:40 amReply

We feel your pain. We lost one of our 5 sons in 1999 at the age of 36 – he had a heart attack. We know he will be waiting to greet us at heaven’s gates the same as with your Robin. His name is Tommy. Maybe he and Robin have already met and are praising our Jesus together. Max & Linda

Suzanne rushJanuary 4, 2013 at 11:38 amReply

To you James,Betty and your entire family I send my deepest sentiments . Your words expressed have sent such a amazing demonstration of the power of God’s grace and unfailing love. I have 3grown children and 11grandchildren and I cannot imagine seeing them pass into glory before me. Thank you for the words of life you have shared. Continue strength for your family and His continued peace and comfort. In Christ Love, Suzanne Rush

Cheryl BucklerJanuary 4, 2013 at 11:34 amReply

Dear Bro. and Sis. Robinson, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet precious daughter. I am thankful that you have a deep, abiding faith that will carry you through these difficult times. Knowing Jesus and His promise that He will comfort those who mourn will be what will carry you through those moments. My mother went to be with Jesus 2 1/2 years ago (very unexpectedly) and exactly 22 weeks later my sister joined her. My sister had breast cancer and she fought valiantly for three years to win the fight but did not. She too ran her race well. I believe, though it is important, that it is not how well you live yo9ur life but it is more important that you die well–which is take one breath here and the next breath in Jesus’ presence. My sister and mother died well. My sister always signed her e-mails/letters “Lion Chaser”aka “LION CHASER” — “God is on my side! The Blood is applied, Every need shall be supplied. Nothing shall be denied! I enter into His rest, I know I am blessed, I have passed the test and I will get God’s best!” She as well your Robin (and my Mother and countless others) are with Jesus and pain free. Our prayer now is “Come Lord Jesus, Come!” Until then we soldier on! Loving you in Christ!

Reagan RogersJanuary 4, 2013 at 11:23 amReply

I cannot begin to imagine the heaviness on you and Betty’s heart. As I tried to fight back the tears in reading this aloud to my wife Erin, my 2 year old Lana walked up to me and kissed my forehead and said “it’s okay daddy,” and my 5 year old Ava was concerned asking if I was okay. She showed me the story of Jesus’s birth in her storybook Bible and said “this should cheer you up. This is how we know everything is going to be okay.” It’s amazing how God can use a child’s simple and strong faith and purity to bring such clarity to God’s purpose. As a daddy, my heart breaks at the thought of ever losing one of my girls, but I know that God’s purpose is always much greater. I pray that The Lord continues to reveal that to you as He provides complete peace during this most difficult time. I love your family very much. Thank you for sharing your heart.

JudyJanuary 4, 2013 at 11:22 amReply

What a beautiful life! Oh, if my life could reflect just a small fraction of the Glory of God that your daughter did. You and Betty are such wonderful people; I am so sorry for your loss and for the hurt and pain that Robin’s whole family must be going through. Praise God that you have the hope that the world so desperately needs. The promise from the Savior that one day you will see your beautiful daughter again in Glory. God Bless You! We Love You!

Tod SimpsonJanuary 4, 2013 at 11:14 amReply

Dear Betty, James & Family

My thoughts & heart-felt prayers are sent to the Lord for you today! Thank you so much for sharing your daughter’s life with us today! I believe many people have been blessed. I know I was. May you sense God wrapping you in His loving arms every day!

With love!

Deanna ReynoldsJanuary 4, 2013 at 11:09 amReply

James,
What a wonderful testimony of a life well-lived and a fight well fought. We too lost a daughter when she was only 5 1/2 months old, but her life touched thousands all around the world as The Church rose up and prayed daily on our behalf. We understand your grief, as you said, no parent expects to bury their child, but we also understand and celebrate with you the Victory accomplished through Jesus Christ in her heart as well as in yours.

We will continue to pray for you and Betty and the family as you walk through this time of extreme mixed emotions.

Deanna

MacJanuary 4, 2013 at 11:05 amReply

What a God-inspired, and inspiring loving tribute. Thank you for sharing it with us, it truly brings God glory, which as you obviously are well aware is why we are all here in the first place. God bless you and your family. My prayers are with you and I look forward to meeting Robin someday…

Dale SilversJanuary 4, 2013 at 10:51 amReply

James and Betty it is with great affection for you I write with tears steaming down my face not for Robin but for you and your faithfulness Jesus in your loss! I can feel for you but I do not know how you feel because we have never experienced what you’re going through right now. II Corinthians 1:2-7 is a passage that is so very comforting in our time of trials and tribulation. All that we experience is for the salvation of others Romans 8:28 is often used but the real key is verse 29 “that He might be the first amongst MANY brethren.” I know the god of this world thinks he has as notch in his belt and has slapped your family around but our Lord and Savior is saying His GRACE is sufficient. James I know you do not remember me but I was in the meeting with GHW Bush at the O’Hare Hilton in 1980 when James Kennedy presented GRACE for Evangelism Explosion to GHWB right in the middle of the meeting. I was Chairman of Christian Voter’s Victory Fund taking Robert Billings place when he went with Jerry Falwell. I have followed Betty and your ministry for years. I trust the Lord will used Robin’s livein the future to encourage others in their time of trouble. May God’s mercy and Grace abound in our sorrow!
Dale Silvers
3521 Thunderwood Lane
Snellville, Ga. 30039
770-760-7144

Jeannie PenningtonJanuary 4, 2013 at 10:43 amReply

My prayers are with you and your family. I can’t say that I know what you are going through and I pray I never do but I do know Jesus will hold us through whatever we go through. My heart breaks for each of you but I know she is with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and we who are His will be with her oneday.. That iis our Hope!
May The Lord hold you tight through this time in your lives,
Jeannie Pennington

Janet ParadeeJanuary 4, 2013 at 10:41 amReply

What an awesome farewell for now to your daughter Robin. How your family has touched my life for so many years, you will never know. As a high school student in Del City, OK, in 1969 I heard you, James, in an open-air revival…yes, that long ago…and I remember you introducing Betty, a beauty then and still is today. Thank you for remaining faithful and consistent, both of you, in your walk with the Lord and with one another. Thank you for sharing this moment with me. How I will continue to pray the Lord’s greatest comfort and peace…until we all win!!!!!

Rose UptonJanuary 4, 2013 at 10:39 amReply

Thank you for sharing… a beautiful love story… it’s o.k. to be sad… Jesus wept…

Mary OlenderJanuary 4, 2013 at 10:38 amReply

Dearest James and Betty,
I am so so sorry for your loss. So many things in this life are just so hard to understand…How would we ever make it through without the Lord? May He spill Himself over you all with His kindness, His love and His grace.
Much love in Him…..mary

Camille & StanJanuary 4, 2013 at 10:34 amReply

James , Betty and Family: What a beautiful tribute for your precious Robin. Our heart is saddened by the passing of Robin. Robin is dancing with Jesus. Our prayers are with you and the family. God Bless you all.

HettyJanuary 4, 2013 at 10:32 amReply

Dear James and Betty,

From the moment we heard about Robin’s home going, you and your precious family have been lifted up in prayer. Our hearts ache for you and we weep with you. Thank you for writing this poignant letter about Robin. For those of us from far away, you have given us a wonderful glimpse of your beloved daughter. We love you and Betty and we will continue to hold you in our prayers.

Love, Randy and Hetty Harrell

P.J.McClungJanuary 4, 2013 at 10:28 amReply

Brother James, our hearts are broken with yours and your family. What a wonderful testimony for Christ. We are praying for you all.

sharon friesenJanuary 4, 2013 at 10:27 amReply

my heart goes out to you and your sweet wife Betty, and the family…..
I just recently began watching your tv show, and have come to love you as if you were my family.
I understand the pain of loss, i lost my dad to cancer when i was 5 (1959) and my sister 4 years ago,
my mother a year later, and 2 years ago my husband.
What a dreadful disease… BUT, as your courageous daughter said “I WIN”.
The peace that God leaves us knowing we will be together again, and Satan will get his own.. one day.
Know i will keep the “Robison family” in my thoughts and prayers.
May you feel God especially close and near to you at this time.
With caring and a “hug” sincerely sharon “WE WIN”

Susan LowreyJanuary 4, 2013 at 10:22 amReply

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your precious daughter. I know our Lord will hold you and Betty up and carry you through this terribly difficult time. I lost my brother when he was 17, and I know it was our strong faith in God that carried my parents and siblings and myself out of the pain of loss and back into the sunlight again. God Bless you and your family,.

Debbie ReidJanuary 4, 2013 at 10:18 amReply

I am so sorry for that you and your wife are hurting so deeply. I have no words to say … just tears to send and prayers for strength for your family.

Deb MartellJanuary 4, 2013 at 10:09 amReply

Oh James and Betty…I sit hear with tears in my eyes. So many thoughts. I haven’t seen your show recently, but have always been a big fan. I had no idea your daughter was suffering so. I’ve survived 2 stage 3 cancers and 2 bone marrow transplants. I know what it is to suffer through cancer treatment. I have to say, I was always glad it was me and not one of my children. I am still here, 5 years after my last transplant and pray every day that God’s will be done. Reading this has encouraged me once again, to live for Him as hard as I can. You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. My heart breaks and rejoices with you.
Come Lord Jesus.
Deb

Patti LamarJanuary 4, 2013 at 10:02 amReply

Dear Bro. James and Betty,
My heart goes out to you in the loss of your sweet daughter…she said that she would have some kind of testimony, and she has! Through your telling of her story, I am recommitted to a closer walk with Jesus, and to a life that would be a beacon of His Light to others…
I cannot imagine the depth of your grief and sorrow, but I know that the prayers of thousands and thousands of God’s people will carry you and all your family through it, and lift your spirits higher than we could ever think possible!
God bless you and keep you, and give you peace!
Patti

Margo MillsJanuary 4, 2013 at 9:59 amReply

My thoughts and prayers are with you, James and Betty! What an awesome article and tribute to Robin.

Leonard ThompsonJanuary 4, 2013 at 9:55 amReply

James & Betty,words obviously can’t express what the Spirit of God knows right now. Thank you for sharing Robin’s life with us in such a meaningful way. Even in her home going her inspiration is inexplicable. We love you and pray for comfort only the Father can give right now.

KarenJanuary 4, 2013 at 9:45 amReply

Thank you for sharing this with all of us. Such a story of faith. We love you and your family and pray for God’s continuing comfort in the days and weeks ahead for all of you. God bless you.

GinnyJanuary 4, 2013 at 9:37 amReply

No words are able to take the pain away. I send my love, prayers, and hugs to you both!

Tricia AmodioJanuary 4, 2013 at 9:36 amReply

My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Only The Lord knows the depths of your sorrow and has obviously given both you and Betty a great measure of grace and courage to not only comfort each other but those around you.

Stacey BradleyJanuary 4, 2013 at 9:33 amReply

Bro. James and sister Betty, I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot even imagine how your heart aches, but because she was raised to love God with all your heart your loss was definitely heaven’s gain. I will keep you in my prayers.

Love in Christ,
Stacey

Sally WilliamsJanuary 4, 2013 at 9:33 amReply

So sorry for your loss. There are no words to comfort you, during this time. May the Lord hold each of you in His loving arms, as He holds every tear you shed. May there be joy in the morning. May He calm you and bring His peace to you. May His love flood your lives as He heals your hearts. Robin was a celebration of His love and may her life touch others to glorify Him.
In His Love,
Sally Williams

Gary & Susan HubbardJanuary 4, 2013 at 9:31 amReply

We’re so very sorry. We pray that God will give you & Betty peace & comfort.

NereidaJanuary 4, 2013 at 9:27 amReply

My throughs and my prayers are with you and your loving family. Robin is in the presence of our Lord rejoicing and resting in His care she loved God and now she is forever in His arms. God bless all of your faithful family yes we will see our loved one again. God’s word is faithful and true. Your sister in Christ Jesus! Nereida

Bobbie FrinkJanuary 4, 2013 at 9:24 amReply

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family. I can only begin to imagine the heartbreak of losing your lovely, spirited, faith-filled daughter. I say I can “only begin” because we are just beginning this journey with my dear friend Ed’s daughter Janet, who was recently diagnosed with lung/brain cancer. She is 52 years-old and when you were describing your Robin I was thinking how much alike they seem to be. Janet is always, ALWAYS, celebrating life, always happy, always faith-filled, has a dear husband Pat who is truly her other half. They have two lovely daughters, both of whom are carbon-copies of their mom. They are 16 and 13 years-old and have also the faith and courage only Christians have in times like these. Janet has become like a daughter to me over the past 10 (almost 11) years and I love her like my own daughter. She is my daughter’s “seester” as they introduce themselves to others and my son’s dear friend. She too had a “party” shaving her head with her best friends in attendance, as well as family. She had her friend Susan shave it into a Mohawk first so she could have pictures like that – she called them her Mohawk glamour shots. Your beautiful tribute to Robin comes just as we begin this journey with Janet and I shall read this over and over again…especially when it’s a difficult day. Thank you so much for sharing Robin’s glorious life here and beyond. God bless you and your family, and may we all meet in His kingdom at the end of our journeys here on earth.

Elisabeth priceJanuary 4, 2013 at 9:21 amReply

Beautiful

christineJanuary 4, 2013 at 9:19 amReply

Well done James. Beautiful, poetic, sad and triumphant.

Sheila RobertsJanuary 4, 2013 at 9:15 amReply

This is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and photos. My husband recently passed away and while I do not know what it is like to lose a child, I do share in your sorrow. It is especially hard to see some one you love go through such pain and suffering. May GOD give you and your family comfort and peace during this difficult time and bless you abundantly.

Minnie HillJanuary 4, 2013 at 9:12 amReply

My heart is with you. My husband of 55 years went Home in Dec., 2 years ago. The Lord has given me that peace that passes all understanding. I pray that for you. Love in Jesus.

MichaelJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:59 amReply

That is such a beautiful song accompanying Robin’s photo tribute. Could tell me the name and if it is available
commercially on iTunes or from the ministry?

Michael ~

James R. RobisonJanuary 4, 2013 at 1:49 pmReply

The song is by Andy Chrisman, whose wife was Robin’s best friend. I’m not sure if or where it’s available, but start with his website andychrisman.net or connect with him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WorshipWithAndyChrisman

Pam GrosseJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:59 amReply

I’ve been praying for your precious family. Yes, Robin won!

Vicki HowertonJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:56 amReply

Betty, James, and Family,
You are all so much in our thoughts and in our prayers this day as I just read the story of beautiful Robin!
She is in the splendor of Heaven worshiping the One who loves her /all of us with His everlasting and unending love.
We know that He will be the peace that your family needs in the journey. The Shalom of God fill you all full to overflowing with His love that surpassed ALL our human understanding. We know He is doing that for you, in you, and through you all!!
Love to all who she loved soo…This is a great testimony of WHO He is in our greatest need. Great GREAT grace– and great assurance!!!
Vicki Howerton

Leloni MillsJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:53 amReply

James and Betty,
My deepest sympathies are extended to you and I will hold you in my prayers tonight. I waas so touched by the ar ticle you wrote to honor the memory of Robin. I have a daughter in her forties that has a serious kidney problem. She lost one kidney at age 7 due to disease and we have lived under an umbrella of “when” ever since. She has had to be so careful of that remaining kidney and I thank my Lord everyday for giving us another day together. I know she may leave, but at least I will be comforted knowing that she is with our precious Lord waiting for the rest of us to arrive.
So I say this to you: Hang in there, let your memories sustain you and your faith comfort you. May the Lord bless you for thejob you did as her parents and the legacy she left. Love in Christ, Leloni

MichaelJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:46 amReply

So sorry to hear of your precious daughter’s passing. Such a beautiful tribute to Robin’s life here, and
the photo memorial. My heart breaks for you and Ms. Betty, and your family…..I know the pain and
heart break you are walking through at this time. Our only son fought a nine year, courageous battle
with cancer, only to fly away on March 25, 1999. Michael David was 30 years young. Our family learned,
first hand, the meaning of, “groanings that cannot be uttered”……we will pray for you and your family.

In Christ, our comfort, and very present help in time of trouble,

Michael ~

carol springsteenJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:45 amReply

Alone, alone, so alone, and yet I know I am not alone.
My heavenly Father watches over me and I know he cares for me.
Alone, alone, so alone, and yet………I know I am not alone.

Praise God for your daughter and instilling in her the true gift of life Jesus.

ALAN & JERI MCDOWELLJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:42 amReply

OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY , AS I READ YOUR ARTICLE I COULD SEE JESUS MORE CLEARLY ….THANK YOU …YALL ENCOURAGE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD BY YOUR LIVES AND YOUR LOVE FOR OUR LORD..BLESSINGS, THE MCDOWELLS

Cece DJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:42 amReply

May all the compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ envelop you all and bring comfort that only He can bring.

Irene RJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:40 amReply

I am so sorry for your loss, but rejoice in knowing your precious daughter is now with Jesus.

carla manfrediJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:36 amReply

May God comfort your whole family during your time of sorrow in losing your daughter. Your ministry has been such an inspiration to me and all the love you have for the poor and needy is so evident in both your lives. I have five children and now a beautiful grandson and can only hope and pray we can all be a light like your sweet Robin in such a dark dark world. May you and your whole family experience God’s blessings and peace in the coming year.

ArtJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:35 amReply

I know the loss is hard, but Robin did win. She beat us to the house !! She is not dead, but lives because of Jesus!! I will be in prayer for your family during this most difficult time.

Karen MartinJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:26 amReply

Dear James and Betty, my heart breaks with you both. But praise God for the Hope we have! A few years ago my family went through one of the most difficult and heart breaking circumstances. I cried out to the Father “why? ” , not in an angry way but more just in hurt. He was so kind and gracious to reveal to me an answer. It is found in John 13:7 : JESUS REPLIED , ” YOU DO NOT REALIZE NOW WHAT I AM DOING, BUT LATER YOU WILL UNDERSTAND.” 14 years later I am still waiting to understand BUT I have the confiidence and the hope of knowing I will have His perfect reason for it someday! His way is always perfect. My love and prayers.

KimJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:22 amReply

In one sense there is no death. The life of her soul on earth lasts beyond her departure. You will always feel her life touching yours, her voice speaking to you, her spirit looking out of other eyes, talking to you in the familiar things she touched, worked with, loved as familiar friends. She lives on in your life and in the lives of others that knew her.

She did win

God Bless

jackie hollandJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:08 amReply

Thank you Betty and James for all you do to help others. It is right that we can weep with you and celebrate with you the homegoing of Robin. The video of her life and legacy was truly precious. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. Thanks for sharing. We all love your family, Jackie Holland

Ted GrayJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:07 amReply

What a precious testimony of faith, hope, and love at at time of such deep sorrow and unthinkable pain. God bless all of you.

Carolyn AdcockJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:04 amReply

PRAYERS AND PROMISES….MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY, JAMES….THE PROMISES ARE FROM OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST…………..MY HEART ACHES FOR YOU AND BETTY AND ROBIN’S FAMILY…..THANK YOU FOR THE MANY TIMES I HAVE LISTENED TO YOU ON THE TELEVISION AND DVDS AND CDS…………..YOUR FAITH INSPIRES NOT HUNDREDS BUT MILLIONS…..GOD BLESS YOU….LET ME ASSURE YOU THAT ROBIN IS DANCING AND SINGING IN GOD’S GARDEN OF LOVE AND PEACE……………………..CAROLYN ADCOCK NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

Judy CookJanuary 4, 2013 at 8:00 amReply

So sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my sister one year ago on 11/27/11 and understand in some ways what your are going through. I hope if something ever happens to one of my kids that I can be an example like you. May the Lord carry you through and give your ministry his loving support.

In Christ,
Judy

Leanna WilliamsJanuary 4, 2013 at 7:51 amReply

What a beautiful memorial to your precious Robin. Thank you so much. I pray for you and Betty and Robin’s husband and children that God will continue to give peace and comfort in this difficult time. You are such a powerful writer and speaker, James. And you, Betty. I love watching your program. Keep being real.

Gerry CollinsJanuary 4, 2013 at 7:49 amReply

Our prayers for Robin and your family. This life is just a short and sometimes difficult journey to the real world of our Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and God the Father. May you find peace and continue to be such an inspiration to us all.

The Collins Family

KariJanuary 4, 2013 at 7:42 amReply

I am soo sorry to hear that! It is hard as a mother who lost one of her precious children to not weep my eyes out for you, even though I know that our babies are with our precious Lord. I rejoice with you also for having such a wonderful gift in your life and its all because chose to let us take care of them for Him. What a great honor we have as parents! Yes, one day we shall see our loved ones again and my heart holds that life inside me in its own special place until I see that precious face of my Stefanie once again. I send Mighty hugs to both you and Betty! I love you both!

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