Like A Budding Rose…


In Loving Memory of:

Shannon Patrice Thomas

Shannon Patrice Thomas

June 12, 1986 – June 8, 2012 

She was just beginning her life before tragedy struck like a blow in the gut. Shannon was such a beautiful creation like a budding rose, glimmering with the the morning’s dew. Wonderfully talented, fun to be around and bubbly with joy. Loosing her is like tearing a vital piece of our hearts that only the Lord will be able to restore once again. Shannon was a beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, cousin, niece, and faithful friend to those who had the opportunity to know her. Like many people her age, she loved to have fun and she was a very happy individual. Shannon was just a masterpiece waiting to be discovered.  Her smile was like a shining star in the midst of the dark night sky, a heart so genuine and gentle that she tried to find ways to bring a smile upon anyone’s face. She was loved by many who knew her but was stolen too soon like a thief in the night. Even heaven wept on the day of her burial.

We may never know why such a tragedy happened to such a beautiful and sweet young person like Shannon whose life was just beginning. A life wasted, a life taken away too quickly, a life stolen in the hands of a mad-man who could not obtain the same happiness that she had. Only God knows why this happened and only God can give us comfort in this time of need. God is still faithful no matter what has happened, God is still loving even though our hearts are heavy, and God is still God no matter how dark the sky has become.

In loving memory of my beloved cousin, Shannon Patrice Thomas, your family and your friends misses you dearly. You may be gone from our reach and embrace, but we will still love and remember you always.

I’m hoping and praying that the tragedy of my cousin’s untimely and shocking death may be a wake-up call to all of those, especially teens, who may think that we have all the time in the world to get our lives together and that we are too young to die. When in reality that is so not true. It is like death is standing at our doorway, waiting to come in anytime it pleases. I have heard my pastor say recently that there are just as many short graves as there are long graves. Sadly, this is so true. Just last week, a girl the same age as me, 15 years old, was killed in an automobile accident. She never made it to her sweet 16, she will never have a family of her own, the poor child will never even get to walk down the aisle with her father. If you look around or just turn on the news on the television you will find that there are so many teens dying more rapidly than we can count. We have to open our eyes to see that we don’t have enough time on this earth to live ignorantly and recklessly. Only God knows when we will meet him face to face in eternity.

I pray that the death of Shannon will lead many to life. Shannon was only 25 years old  when she was murdered. She would have been 26 today (June 8) if her life had not been stolen from her. She was too young to die, yet death has no respect of age or status. We never know when we will breathe our last breath, we will never know when we will cease living on this earth only to meet with eternity. Life does not end here, it is only the beginning. Either to heaven or hell, that’s our choice. Believe it if you want to or not, life  is shorter than you think and every day you live is just a day closer to your death. That is why it is so important to give our lives to Christ and live for Him now, not later, while we are still young and full of life before it’s too late. You may be thinking that you will wait until you’re on your death bed to accept Christ, but not so many people are that lucky to even make it to their 50’s.  Death knows no age and it doesn’t care about your money, status, your popularity, who your family is, or how pretty you may think you are; it is like a thief in the night.

However, for those who are in Christ, we do not have to be afraid of death. There is a whole different perspective about it.  Death is just a gateway to our faithful lover, Jesus Christ.  His arms are just wide open to embrace us and to take us to our new home in heaven so we may live with Him eternally. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:55, ”

55″ O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

It is not to late to accept the Lord Jesus as your Savior and avoid the firey flames and the insecurity of death. I did not write the  post to condemn only to help you and to open your eyes to the truth before it’s too late. God doesn’t send us to Hell…we do. It’s a choice God freely gave us. Jesus died on cross approximately 2,000 years ago to shed His blood and die that fateful day so we wouldn’t die the death we deserved because of all of our sins and transgressions. Jesus took all of our sins upon Him and took our punishment so we can become blameless before God as if we had never sinned in our lives. And Why? Why would a Holy and Righteous God even care about us? Well, that’s because He loves you! Yes, God is head-over-heels in love with you no matter what you have done in your past. God doesn’t want us to go to Hell, He wants us to come to Him and accept His gift of salvation to live in Paradise with Him forever! He is the only, and I repeat ONLY way to God. Good Works, Fasting until you’re nothing but bones and tithing will not send you to Heaven. Only through Christ can we live eternally. Christ is giving us the gift of salvation freely and all you have to do is accept the gift and live with Christ in Paradise.

I hope that you will take this post seriously. You can either ignore and live your life as if death does not know your name and where you live or you can accept the freedom in Christ. But your ignorance is just committing your suicide.” 

“Mourning may endure for a night, but joy is coming in the morning.”

Rest in Peace Shannon and Happy Birthday 🙂

We Love You!

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