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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Oct 27, 2009

Some people struggle all their lives, hoping to find a sense of direction. They often continue as lost souls, though, without a compass to guide them.

No one could be more the opposite of that than Amy Jensen.

From the time she was a little girl, God was at the center of Amy’s life. He was her center and her guiding light, a light that only grew stronger with each year of her life.

That light grew so strong that it came down to earth and carried her to heaven Friday, Oct. 23, 2009.

One knew immediately when coming into Amy’s presence that she was extraordinary. Even before she was taken with the illness that claimed her life, Amy always strode to run harder, make her faith stronger and to love her family more. She set her own standards by her personal best which was better than what anyone else every expected of her.

She was never satisfied with that, though. She always continued to strive to make herself better.

Even when she lost a leg to cancer, the first thing Amy wanted to do was run, to show others the spirit that she still had. When a team of basketball players went to visit her in the hospital, they were awed by her spirit and determination. They only wished they had half the courage that she did.

When people came to visit her and offered their sympathy, Amy would get angry. She didn’t want sympathy. She only wanted to run again.

That time never came, at least in this life. What did happen, though, was far more profound. It went far beyond Amy’s Christian community at Crossroads Community Church.

Amy turned many, many people toward God. When they came to her, offering that sympathy, she pointed them in a different direction, a place where they could go to make their souls whole and complete. Through Amy, they came to know Jesus Christ.

That’s not to say that Amy’s work is over yet. Today at 1 p.m. a memorial will be held for Amy at Roosevelt Auditorium in Estherville. One of her wishes was to have a Christian youth center for Estherville.

Just perhaps that may someday happen.