Another Day In Paradise
She slipped away quietly yesterday, January 6th, at 1:32 PM EST. She left from her home. One moment she was with us and the next she was with her Lord. If I told you she was a fighter who expended every ounce of her lifeforce for the sake of her 4 year old son, Jake, and her 8 year old daughter, Kaitlin, it would be such an understatement that you cannot imagine. She engaged death in a titanic struggle to try to extend her time fulfilling the great role of her life, which she cherished so very much, that of being mom to her precious children. She was only 35 years old.
Tina Theisen was a new Christian having been baptized only about five months ago. But I believe she was one of those souls who had been living her life “not far from the kingdom.” I cannot adequately describe the outpouring of love and round-the-clock devotion Tina was offered by her friends in life and her friends in Christ. I’m not sure I have ever personally witnessed anything like it. So many, many friends who would do anything for her. And all of them would tell you they did it because that’s how she always was with them. She was a beyond-the-call-of-duty kind of person. She had been a nurse…and I am told she was one of those nurses that wouldn’t hear of patients being mistreated or neglected. She wanted everyone who worked with patients to treat them as if they were their own mothers or fathers or grandparents. And that’s how she treated them. The bread that she cast out on the waters in her life, returned to her in unbelievable fashion, especially the last few weeks of her life here. Twenty four hours a day, multiple friends and family members were there for her. And when she left, they wept that they couldn’t do any more for her. By God’s grace, I won’t forget the devotion I witnessed in Tina and in her dear friends.
My Lord’s wish was granted yesterday…at 1:32 PM. Remember? He prayed this in John 17:24…”Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world.” I love to think of Tina, free of tubes, medical machines, medicines, hospital beds, pain, confusion, worry over her children and all the rest, looking upon the blessed Lord in all His glory…at peace in her heart…knowing that not only will it be alright…but it is alright in His presence. At peace…complete peace with the truth that it’s okay…the things she can no longer control or handle…the cares that weighed upon her mother heart…the welfare of dear children…all love’s concerns are safely left in His capable hands…yes, Tina, it’s okay. For the first time in a long time it’s okay. But not just okay…it’s your second wonderful day in Paradise!