Today I attended the Celebration of Life of a father, son, brother, cousin, friend taken too soon in a tragic car accident. Terry Tom was an extended relative and I didn’t know him well but I was deeply touched by the way his family put his service together.
Celebration of Life is really the most accurate way to express it. We celebrated and honored Terry through songs, poems, and stories. His passion for music, love for food, and devotion to family filled the room. His lively laughter and beaming smile poured into the hearts of each life he touched. You could really feel the warmth of his presence.
Maya Angelou once said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget the way you made them feel.” That rang true today. All who knew Terry described him as a good man with a humble, loving, and compassionate soul. Someone who would be truly missed.
Perhaps the most heartbreaking moment was seeing Terry's kids Bryan, Jason, and Morgan sing "One Call Away" and hearing his wife, Linda share "An Ode to Terry".
When the pastor spoke, he reminded us that Human Existence is just a breath.
We are given the gift of life and it is our choice how we live it.
He encouraged us to be inspired by Terry's life and to turn our “when’s” into “now’s”. Instead of thinking, “when” I get this I’ll do that or “when” this happens I’ll pursue that, he said, "the time for living is now."
Our days are numbered.
Tomorrow is not promised and life is more than a mundane flipping of the calendar.
Our existence is both minuscule and significant, a blip on eternity’s timeline.
"Are you really too busy?" He asked.
Another way to look at it he said, "if you had one month left to live, what would you do with your time? What relationship would you make amends with? What special someone would you tell you love them? Who would you thank?"
Life is a precious gift. Human existence is just a breath.
Will you live yours to the fullest?
Light x love x peace to the family and friends of Terry Tom.
Below are a few songs played in Terry's honor.