A Tribute…

Well, to tell you the truth, I’ve been avoiding this post–BIG TIME! …Not because I don’t want to make this tribute, but because I don’t want to face the pain. However, I sense that making this post will help me move on, and that I am supposed to share…

Monday, July 16th, 2007, my dad and I were traveling back home from out of state. We had just been to see Aunt Teresa in the hospital. Dad was driving, when I pulled out my Bible and Our Daily Bread devotional. I felt led to read the given passage aloud. The scripture reading came from Psalm 103:

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. 8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. 14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; 18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. 20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. 22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

While I was reading, Dad and I both began to weep. We both felt in our hearts that was the last time we would see Teresa on this side of glory, and indeed it was…

You know, I didn’t get to see Aunt Teresa very often in more recent years, yet she still had such an impact on my life. I knew of the many, many encouraging email messages my aunt sent to my mom over a period of years, before she got sick. In fact, Mom often shared the messages with me… Mom also imparted to me the fact that so often, when she would feel a little down, she would get a sweet, uplifting note from Teresa. My aunt did not let the miles of distance keep her from encouraging my family…

Even after Teresa’s first surgery in January of this year, she continued to email my mom and I from time to time… Over the course of several months of great sickness and trial, she would still make the effort to stay in contact. Teresa would send such precious messages–asking about each member of the family…

The last time I saw her, she was very sick, weak, and had been in a lot of pain. However, Aunt Teresa still had some special, encouraging words just for me. Best of all, she still shared that sweet smile of hers…

I love you, Aunt Teresa. I thank you for the impact you had on my life and the life of so, so many others. I know I will see you again one day… Until then, I will continue to seek, serve, follow, and emulate our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ–The One in whom you patterned your life…


One Response

  1. Isn’t God good to put Christian people in our lives so we can have encouragement and have a someone who always lift us up in prayer. My God is awsome.
    I love feeling like I am in your family hearing about those precious kids of yours.

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