It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. My family has suffered a great loss in that my husband passed away suddenly a few months ago. I pray that this brings someone else some comfort in knowing you are not alone in losing a loved one. I pour out my feelings often on paper to help to deal with the pain, but what I realize is that even in tragedy, there is a blessing. I hug my children more and tighter. We tell each other “I love you” a lot more as well. My faith has been made stronger…….I call it, “Collateral Faith. It’s the strengthening of faith that comes out of a tragic and sudden loss such as this. It’s giving into The Heavenly Father’s will and knowing that he knows and sees all, for He is truly perfect. Rest in Power our Beloved and we will only say so long for now.
“Collateral Faith” by Monica Terry, dedicated to the late Mykael Terry
Woke up the same as any day, rushed out the door and we said our goodbyes and even, “I’ll check in with you later”.
But shortly after a few short texts to one another back and forth that morning, at the check-in time, still no indicator,
That something was going very wrong
That text or phone call never happened. Although I thought it strange and out of our routine,
I dismissed it away as “He must have gotten busy or tied up with something”. unforeseen
But something was going very wrong
An urgent request to come and see what befell him ripped me from dreamlife to nightmare
What are you telling me, stop, don’t want to hear this news, impossible to accept and bear
And something went horribly wrong
You see he left us so swiftly that day that even now reality is still settling in
My best friend, husband, teacher, children’s father and plenty more he had been
For him, we will always long
But to see the collateral faith that has been gifted from his sudden transition
That faith that is made stronger after our tragedy, making clear to us his mission
Make those he touched exceedingly strong
You made us all wake up, level up and believe with our whole hearts in His Word
We will remember him always, Our Beloved Mykael-M70; your story will always be heard
Throughout your generations lifelong
As a family and community, we know that we must continue to live to ensure that the work that he put in for our Heavenly Father does not stop with Mykael. We show our faith by continuing. This was a huge blow to my family, our community, and family and friends abroad, but the faith that comes by seeing how The Most High has kept us and knowing He will continue to keep us makes us grateful for every day. It’s the hardest thing we’ve ever faced in our lives as a family. Mykael was such a great father, husband, brother, friend, son and teacher. We will remember him always. I would like to leave with you all this song that I often play in the morning while starting my day. It reminds me of Mykael who gave his all. For those that grieve from the departure of a loved one, you are not alone. My best advice is to find those that you can share your story with and let your loved one’s story be heard; let their memory live on in you and be strong and of courage. The pain never goes away but it does get better.