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Timothy Day

Posted under Remembering Loved Ones, Traditions - Feb 2nd, 09

Today is “Timothy Day” in our house. Last year, we were doing a unit on heroes. We decided to honor one of our special heroes by remembering him and praying for his family every year on February 2nd. On this day, two years ago, he was promoted. He saw His Savior, Jesus Christ, face to face. This was the day he became totally pain-free and cancer-free.

Timothy was Paige’s age (eight—he was older by just a few weeks) when we first met him and his precious family, through our frequent visits to their mutual oncologist. Timothy always gave a huge smile, and never complained. He loved to read, and he loved LEGOs. He also loved the Lord. He was deeply loved and cared for by his family and friends; and, he was amazingly smart and witty. He could always make us smile. Even  near the end of his life, he loved to tease his mom and dad. He cried out “Pink Flamingos” in an attempt to tease (or frustrate) dad who had repeatedly asked Timothy if he was coherent. But Timothy quickly and lovingly said “Gotcha, dad”. His life was not long, but he enjoyed each day. He touched our lives with his contentment and bravery, and lives on in our memories.

We have listened to 1 and 2 Timothy aloud today,  played with LEGOs, listened to “I’ll Fly Away”, “Far Side Banks of Jordan” (This song was played at his funeral by his talented brother, and other friends), and “Come to Jesus” by Chris Rice. We have prayed for his family, and we decorated a luminaria bag in memory of Timothy. We will bring it to Relay For Life in May. This year, we get to personalize them…personally, and we like that so much better.

In my last post, I mentioned listening to the director of \”Facing The Giants\”(a Christian film with a great message). I still can’t hear the title of that movie without thinking of precious Timothy. He wanted to buy his mom that movie as a present. He ordered it online with Dad knowing about it (I think). Some time had passed, and they all were at the hospital (I think for two weeks straight). They knew it was nearing the end down here for Timothy, and the beginning of life eternal. They had tried everything they could do. He had great doctors, but bad brain cancer. On the day he died, when his Dad went to pick up the mail, Facing the Giants was in there! His dad shared that story at the funeral, and he added that they were the ones who would now be “facing the giant” as they grieve the loss of a son (who also had faced a giant…cancer). He also shared Timothy’s wishes that everyone there would have the opportunity to hear how they might get to heaven (through simply believing that Jesus Christ is God’s Son, and that He died for our sins, but rose again!)

He didn’t want any possible excuse for anyone there at his funeral not to join him in Heaven. The gospel message was clearly presented (at least twice) and my youngest son was listening. He started asking questions, and he put his trust in Jesus Christ a few days after Timothy’s funeral. I am so thankful that Timothy was so faithful in sharing about God’s love, and pointing people to the Ultimate Healer.

The day we heard that Timothy’s cancer was back, unless God intervened, was a terribly sad day for all of us. I had just found out that the baby I was carrying was not alive, and that a miscarriage would soon happen. As I was talking with his sweet mom, I was encouraged to take on her attitude of trusting God’s control over all things–life and death. We agreed that we would “hope to the end”. Believe me, just knowing this really helped me not to go into a “pity-party” mode.

Job 1:21 And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

It has been two years now, and he is still loved and missed. We see how his family has continued to honor God, and truly praise Him in the good and in the bad. They are wonderful examples of how to keep on loving Jesus, and accepting His will, even through great sorrow—our modern-day Job examples. Life is so very fragile. Here are some songs that we listened to and loved hearing on days like these—days where Timothy’s words to all who knew him were:  “See ya on the other side!”

\”Come to Jesus\” by Chris Rice

\”I\’ll Fly Away\”

\”Far Side Banks of Jordan\”

2Timothy 4:7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
2Timothy 4:8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

1Timothy 6:6  But godliness with contentment is great gain.
1Timothy 6:7  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

2 Responses to “Timothy Day”

  1. Organizing Mommy Says:

    Wow! That is a powerful story. You have been through some sad times. Hope Timothy’s family is encouraged today. Will pray for him.

  2. Heart of a Mom » Blog Archive » Timothy Day Says:

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