In late December I received a phone call from my cousin telling me that my Aunt Vivian, who is also my godmother, had only days to live. Back then I asked for prayers, and so many responded graciously. Those prayers effected a rally on Aunt Vivian’s part that bought her another month with us, vaulting her over three different advanced infections, and several conditions in a manner that can not be explained medically.
That extra month was an extraordinarily grace-filled month for Aunt Vivian, and for the family.
Today, we laid this good and holy woman to rest, and I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who lifted her up in prayer, prayers without which she would not have been sustained for a grace-filled time of transition.
In 1960, Aunt Vivian held me in Church and answered for me at my baptism. For fifty years she more than lived up to the sacred trust placed in her as a role model of faith, of goodness and holiness. She led the way by example and I have no doubt that tonight this great woman advocates for us before the Father. Her work here is done.
And after a brief respite this weekend, I’ll continue mine on Monday. Thank you again for all of the prayers. They were answered many times over.