“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13)
Happy Birthday to my one and only sibling Trisha! Today would have been her 42nd birthday, so in remembrance of my lovely sister and the wonderful blessing she was to so many people, I’d like to share a memory I wrote last year around this time. She’s now been at home with the Lord for 2 years, and I can only imagine the amazing reunion I’ll have with her, my Mom, and other loved ones in heaven when I eventually join them as well!
A memory from March 28, 2018:
“This past week has marked 1 year from when my sister Trisha passed away. I honestly can’t believe that the time has passed by so quickly. In remembering and celebrating Trish, I’d like to reflect on how selfless, loving, and sacrificial she was in serving others, as this was by far her most significant trait. She was a shining example of humility and putting others above herself and her own desires.
I am so thankful for the people that God has surrounded my family and I with, who serve as a constant reminder of Trish. Those who walk in the same spirit of love, grace, and humility towards others. Those who treat others with the same level of dignity and respect, whether they are sleeping on the street or running a successful business. Those who care for other’s needs before caring for their own. She gave until she had nothing left to give. She was never critical of others, while so many chose to criticize her and her life. She was kind and compassionate to the people that didn’t offer kindness in return. She was a model of love and acceptance, and I will always thank her for the example she has left my family and I to follow.
As the day we celebrate Jesus’ victorious resurrection approaches, my sister’s passing reminds me that Christ calls us to be servants. He calls us to love one another, even when we feel like the other person doesn’t deserve it. He calls us to give grace and forgiveness to those who have wronged us, even when they haven’t earned it. He calls us to offer the other cheek when we get slapped in the face, and to pray for those who persecute us. Many in this world may see this as weakness, but as followers of Christ, our ability to do so through His Spirit, is our strength.
I can never earn Jesus’ love and I definitely don’t deserve it, yet He still chose to lower Himself and die for me. My sister’s passing has been a timely reminder of God’s love, and His command for us to likewise love others.”
Thank you Trish, for living the life you lived, and for showing what it means to be a servant in the Spirit!