Eleven days ago, my lifelong friend and sister-in-law entered into her eternal rest. She was so dear to so many … family, friends, colleagues and numerous students who sat under her excellent tutelage and received personalized instruction. Her sudden departure from this world stunned and pressed us to contemplate our own mortality.
Terri and I first met in junior high school and through the years, we forged a bond built on our love of family, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and a firm dedication in creating things based in truth, goodness and beauty. Throughout our lives, she was the artist who also knew and loved literature, while I aspired to be the writer (and lover) of literature who envied her ability to draw and create images without the necessity for words.
We especially shared a mutual love for my eldest brother, Eric. Being married nearly 55 years, my brother’s loss is unimaginable but he is sustained knowing she passed directly into the arms of our Savior.
Soon after she died, I compiled a collection of tributes into a small booklet which was distributed at her funeral yesterday. (In these days of viral-isolation, burials are sometimes delayed.) If you click on the image below, the flip book of tributes will open.
At the beginning of the funeral service, the gathered mourners sang the song “It is Well With My Soul” written by Horatio Gates Spafford. I believe the words of this hymn characterize Terri’s faith and approach to life (as well as death). We didn’t mourn Terri’s transition through the pearly gates, but being gathered together to honor her, we acknowledged our loss as well as the sweet savor of her life. Today, because of our hope in Jesus Christ, we have the blessed assurance of seeing her again someday. It is well …