In my own little world I am battling a vicious disease that I would easily fall prey to and allow it to consume my life. I choose not to and this past week has reminded me yet again how precious life is. And in our lifetime it is what WE choose to make it. Good or bad. Happy or sad. This past week a family lost a husband, dad, brother, son, uncle, grandpa, cousin and I lost a friend. A lifetime friend and classmate to an unexpected and sudden death at age 47. Shock is the best way to describe how I feel, I cannot imagine the grief of his wife, children, grandchildren, mom, grandma, brothers, sister & close friends. But do you know that there is peace in knowing he is with Jesus now? He is whole, no pain, no worries, worshipping Jesus face to face! What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see. My friend and classmate Clifford is experiencing something we can only dream of.
At the funeral home tonight I got to tell his oldest son that since 8th grade when I met his dad; Clifford was Clifford no matter where he went. He was the same laid back, tender hearted, gentle, loving guy everywhere you saw him and even if 15 years passed it did not matter. In school I was the runt of my class; If you could see me now you would doubt that statement but I was. Short, scrawny, long haired, glasses and braces…a real look the other way kinda gal 😂😂 and I forgot the part where I was kinda quiet. (I know hard to believe that too!) Being small and quiet made it easy to be picked on or pushed around but Clifford always stood up for the underdog and there were plenty times I truly put myself in that category. He also could sing like an angel. I can remember several bands through the years that he was in. I imagine the heavenly choir sounding that much sweeter tonight.
In praying for his family this scripture came to mind. It’s titled The Beatitudes and Jesus actually spoke these words:
“And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:2-12
Clifford was pure in heart, a peace maker, merciful and his reward is great! My prayer is that his family will fully know what a great man Clifford was, how many people loved him and how many lives he touched just by being himself. Until we meet again, Godspeed my friend!