Last night, I had the sweet privilege of saying “see you later” to a precious friend. It is a bittersweet moment to know you won’t see someone you love again, this side of heaven.
You realize very quickly that you are on holy ground. The veil is thin, and she will leave those who love her behind—for a time. Soon and very soon, those who are in Christ will see her again. Next time, it will be forevermore. No more separation, no more heartache, no more cancer. No more goodbyes!
Terri has been a light to countless people through the years. I am included in the number. She has been a great friend. We used to meet weekly for a time of signing and fellowship. I miss those days! She has been so important to our family both before and after our adoption of Kobi, our daughter who is Deaf. Terri had the patience of Job in teaching us American Sign Language. She has taught hundreds of people, young and old, to communicate through ASL. Her help, love, and support are invaluable to us, and I have witnessed those words from so many who feel the same.
She has been brave and strong on this long, difficult journey. She has given hope to so many battling cancer. The light of Jesus shone through her and wrapped itself around anyone in her path.
When we asked for her room, the nurse said, “She is one popular lady!” Well, yes! She is deeply loved because she has loved deeply. She has poured into the Deaf community, and she has bridged the gap between the hearing and Deaf.
When I walked in, she very quietly mouthed “Faith!” It means the world to me that she knew I was there to see her. I wanted her to know I love her. I hope she already knew, but I am grateful for the gift of visiting with her one last time.
This world will lose a tremendous woman, but I can imagine that heaven will become all the sweeter for having her there.
See you later, sweet Terri! Fly high!!! (And if you get to see Stuart, tell him his mom loves and misses him deeply!) 🤟
“Well done, good and faithful servant.”
– Matthew 25:23