Reminiscing about Jason's Tangi I realized that the people who were there represented something that Jason and I always loved and stood for, which is, to honor, respect and to love people, because every person is made in the image of our God.
At his Tangi, friends from all over the world, from different cultures, different skin color, different socio-economic backgrounds, different creeds, they came to to honor, pay respects and show their love to my beautiful husband, to me and our girls.
There were elders and teenagers, men and women, wealthy and poor. There were Protestants like us, and there were also Anglicans, Catholics, Muslims, Atheists, Agnostics, and a Buddist.
Every single one who was there was loved, special and precious to us. Every single one who was there, was there because we are loved, special and precious to them. And that is something that I don't take for granted, for not many can say that their relationships and bonds of friendship truly overcomes the barriers imposed by beliefs, religion, politics and cultural/social differences.
I know without a shadow of doubt that if Jason could have seen all the faces that wept for him, all the hearts that felt the pain of his passing, and all the honor and respect that he was shown from each and everyone who was able to be at his Tangi, or who mourn from afar, he would be smiling that beautiful smile of his, and nodding approvingly, because Jay was a man that value each individual just as they are, in spite of what they look like, or where they come from, or what they believe in.
Today I saw the Go Fund Me page that was set up by our friends to help me and the girls. I read every single name and every single message. I saw the amount raised, and my heart is so humbled and so very grateful. There are no words to describe how much I appreciate each and every one of you and your generosity. I know that many gave out of their abundance and many gave sacrificially, but I also know that all gave out of love.
Your generosity towards me and the girls is also a testament of how love and friendship can transcend barriers. People from different nations, religions, backgrounds showed up, contributed, and blessed us in our darkest hour, and for that I am eternally grateful.
I know that Jason would be very grateful too. So on behalf of my husband, my girls and myself, I want to say
thank you. A million times, thank you!