Jesus Sets Us Free
Tommy was one of my dearest friends and he has now seen the face of Jesus. Tommy went to be with the Lord on February 25th, 2017. I miss him so much. Every single day.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
We all know what it is like to lose someone we love and hold dear. We all know the tears and the broken heart that goes on and on and seems like it will never heal. But, of course, it will and it does. By the grace of God, we continue on, knowing that the day will come when we see them again in the presence of Jesus Christ. There is no doubt in my mind where Tommy is and I stand back in awe knowing that he has seen the face of Jesus Christ and he has looked into His eyes and that Tommy is alive like never before. The pain is gone and his incredible struggle is over.
Faith and Courage
He fought cancer with faith and courage, like so many have done and will do. He did it with grace and humor and, yes, with a great deal of heartache. But mostly he did it with Jesus! I watched his wife stand by him and care give day after day. I saw her weep and then find her courage again and again and again. When you go through the daily struggle of an illness with someone, you change. You feel the agony and you praise the Lord for all the good, and you take a stand with another human being and make it clear that you are on their side. You are with them day in and day out. That is when either the best or the worst comes out in you.
Oh, there were days when I look back and think only if I had been a little kinder or took more time to talk with him a little longer on a particular day. One day I was taking him to treatment and we talked about everything all the time, but he was very intent on telling me that he just knew that Jesus was going to heal him. He just knew it. He said it with such passion and I knew he believed it. I wish I had said, Tommy, Jesus honors you for believing that no matter what and He can heal you at any point and time. But I did not say anything. I was so tired and so sad that day and I knew he was slipping away from us all day by day. If only I had that moment back again. But thanks be to God, I have really learned recently that we must give all of our “if only’s” to Jesus and not take them back again. It is not spiritually healthy to carry them and hang on to them and relive them and nourish them back to life. Let them go.
Complete and Total Healing
Tommy was unique to say the least. He was a former Police Sgt. and he was tough. He had a right to be. He had seen a few things he wished he hadn’t seen, and carried too much pain deep in his heart. But this is the side of Tommy that I knew the most. He loved Jesus! And he really did fulfill the Great Commission. He talked about Jesus to everyone and anyone who would listen. He encouraged so many people, quietly, and without fanfare, he simply spoke gently to others about where to turn – Jesus alone. He has now experienced complete and total healing. We miss you Tommy, but how glorious it is that you are with Jesus!!
Jesus reigns, Amen