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|