Friday, December 2, 2011

In Memory...

I was sitting in the classroom trying to help a kid work on his summary when we heard the sirens.  Being a medic I'm used to sirens - they don't give me the chills at all.  I continued working.  Later I was in the school office when Ms. Patti got a call and was told the highway was temporarily shut down because of a major accident.  Still, nothing clicked.  After work I headed over to the church where we were going to have the Christmas play rehearsal, and that's when I found out that one of our actors wasn't going to make it that evening.  On her way to work that morning she had lost control on the ice and had a head-on collision with a truck traveling in the opposite direction.  It was all over in a matter of seconds.

It took a few minutes for reality to sink in.  Every time it strikes, death seems to be a whole new monster.  It's one thing to hear on the news about people dying - people you've never met.  It's a whole different thing when someone you know dies; someone you've talked with, acted with, played with, worshiped with.  Could she really be dead?  Somehow it yet seemed that she would walk in to the rehearsal and continue acting her part.

From the beginning Tiana has always impressed me with her caring and selfless character.  She was never one to direct all the attention onto herself and was usually fairly quiet - until you got to talking with her.  She has been a huge part of the Delta Christian Drama Association's productions, dedicating her time, talents, and energy towards sharing the Gospel through stage production.  Through those I got to know her the best.  It didn't matter what was going on, you could always count on her to be there helping out.

Unfortunately I didn't get to know her personally very well, but with Tiana, you didn't have to.  Just a smile or a greeting would give you instant connection.  You could tell just by meeting her that she loved the Lord with all her heart, and that's what stood out to me the most.  Through her quiet testimony and friendship she was also able to reach many people and secure a place in their, our, hearts forever.  This was evident by how many tears were shed today and how many people were heartbroken at her passing.

Tiana will surely be missed, but we have the blessed assurance that we won't be separated forever.  We know that one day we will be reunited in a world of glory and un-ending joy.  "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4

It won't be long now.  As I've often said, "See ya then, Tiana!"

In memory of Tiana Shawver

3 comments:

  1. What a nice memorial Seth! Sorry for thi loss, but Happy for the promise of the resurrection when Jesus comes!

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  2. I did not know her well but I got that same sense that she had the love and peace of God in her heart. That it was real for her. I hope to join her soon in the clouds of glory when the Lord comes to take us home!

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  3. Amen Diane!!

    Yes, I can't wait for that day!

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