Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” Psalm 31: 24
On Tuesday, we attended two celebrations of life for two of our CEO Administrators who passed within 24 hours of each other. They were special. They brought excellence to the job in the care of the resident and excellent in their work in the management, leadership and love of their teams. They both met the challenge of death with bravery and yet hope was ever present as the prayer team, family members and so many fought for their healing, and a peace in their core–the kind that only God can give.
It was the best we could do–pray, and hope the seeping of God’s solace would infiltrate so that fears would allay without hover in such journeys of the unknown. I close my eyes and see them–Pam a secret angel, a gifting of encouragement when needed most, unexpected in the moment. She was joyful, ever so, and as tender as the soil of new sand along the beach of morning softness.
Annette was tough and generous. She did not give away “I love yous” freely–they were never a waste and when you got one, it was the soil of truth embedded in a root that could grow up and out in a thousand directions of touch and impact; she had the grace to lead and the desire to master what was put before her.
The soil of kindness and the root of grace: both whisper, “Never give up.”
We honor you both and we will miss you, but your eye is upon God now and we are your distant shore and your light is the portal to newness of every wonderful thing. Your legacies are now our memories, and you are free.
Dianne Timmering, MBA, MFA, CNA Vice President of Spirituality Signature Consulting Services, LLC