by Ttim Hillman
I guess my first column for 2014 should be entitled Happy New Year.
I did that during my church meditation. And today, Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks fans are happy because their teams
will be in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.
Unfortunately, 2014 hasn't started out as a happy year for many as several have lost loved ones. This past week was brutal.
Funeral services for Evelyn Hon (sister to Lorraine Walton and Laverne Hayes) were Friday in Harrison.
Services for June Mondary (89) were Saturday.
She raised 10 children and many more community children earning her the
of Matriarch of Main Street. Everyone knows her front porch near
Main and Poplar streets for the array of beautiful flowers
Kathy Works (60) passed away unexpectedly after knee surgery and open heart surgery. She and her husband Kenny were honored
a couple years ago for their service to the 4-H.
The youngest was Alicia Thomason. The 25 year old was a 2007 graduate of Rising Sun High School.
She played soccer for me, sharing goalie duties with Kimmy Pruitt as a sophomore.
Her senior year she made a trip to Haiti with a group of us from the Rising Sun Church of Christ.
There she met Joanne Laurent, one of the girls my wife and I sponsor. They enjoyed each other's company. Both have a lot in
common... their dads are preachers.
Alicia was diagnosed with liver cancer.
She was able to spend the last few months enjoying activities such as Reds games, going to Disney World, along with precious
time with family and friends, especially young daughter Lillian.
But it was not just about her. She and her family took up the banner in the battle against liver cancer which inspired many
around them, you've probably seen the green porch lights around town remembering Alicia during her battle.
On Sunday evening, visitation was held at
Markland Funeral Home for Kathy Works while visitation was going on at
Sun Church of Christ for Alicia. Many people made stops to each.
Many braving the cold outside Markland's while others weaved
their way through the hallways of the church.
2 Timothy 4:7 says: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
There are many questions asked at the time of death but none more than why? I don't have an answer to THE why but wonder a
Why is it we go to visitation only to see people we haven't seen in a long time. How come?
Facebook has made it easier to keep up with people but texting and chatting with your thumbs isn't the same.
This week's sermon series was about The World at Its Worst Need the Church at Its Best.
Fortunately for these families, they have large families (either biological or church related).
All churches in our community do a lot of good work like the BAAAD sponsored by the First Baptist Church and the Mt. Mission
clothing and needy drive being done this week at United Methodist Church.
Churches have funeral dinners and area women share many talents for others just as God would want.
Corey Potts, school board president, is minister at Trinity Christian Center. He had both services on Monday.
Funeral directors Sam Markland and Fred Taylor and their families make tough times bearable.
Virgil Neaman and his employees have used their blessed talents to provide ways to express condolences through more than just
flowers. It's not just a job, its his service.
There's a world of hurt going around and, without God's presence, many will not have a happy year.
That's why it was something special to see so many people getting out to a visitation. That what I call good mourning.
The following is my final year as soccer coach in Rising Sun.
I once read a book called Purpose Driven Life,
coached 25 years thanks to my wife.
The book has many chapters I read
but too often I forget what it said.
When at times things appear grim,
I read the first chapter it's all about Him.
I find myself wondering what am I here for?
to Praise God is there anything more?
How much better am I since a year ago?
Or better yet how much more about God do I know.
I say the right things most of the time
but when I praise God am I a mime?
Do people hear what I want them to hear
or do I stay quiet because of some fear?
It's hard to sometimes determine your passion.
too often we think of the band and if we have cash in.
Worry we do and often seem afraid
only to remember THE debt has been paid.
Through Jesus Christ, God's own Son,
regardless of the score, I know that we've won.
When we get a chance to reunite someday with our loved ones and friends. That will be not just a good morning but a great
day. Until then, find a place to visit your Father this Sunday.