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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Tribute

This is my small tribute to one of the greatest men in the Lord I know, Jeff Pate. Jeff and Roxie were married the very day I was born, and now just 2 days ago, Jeff was set free from Brain Cancer and made the voyage of all voyages HOME to be with his loving Saviour, Jesus. Roxie and family, our prayers are with you. Jeff, we're rejoicing in the new freedom and fullness in the Lord that is now yours! Jeff and Roxie intervened and interceded for me during a most difficult trial in my personal life in the late 80's. They simultaneously pointed me onward in my journey with the Lord, and for that I am eternally greatful and forever blessed. Their love for the body of Christ is rivaled only by their passion for the Lord as together they have lived their lives before Him. The new thread begins. Hope springs eternal!

15 comments:

Susan said...

This brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful tribute.
Susan

Kathy said...

Susan, you would love Roxie. She has such great depth in the Lord, and I know you two would be blessed and mutually encouraged in Him. Thank you for stopping by and reading.

Elizabeth said...

That was beautiful, Kathy. My prayers are with Roxie and the rest of the family.

Kathy said...

Thank you, Liz. I'll be sure and pass that on to Roxie and family. See you soon.

Kristi said...

I remember you telling me about them... what a time of sadness and also rejoicing! The pain is over & he is with Him!!

I'll be praying for peace for Roxie
& their family -- I'm sure they will leave an amazing legacy.

kymber said...

((Kathy))
That was truly beautiful!
I am so sorry for your earthly loss of this great man. God is holding him now in His hands - no more pain and suffering! He obviously influenced many in his life - as he did you - by his dedicated walk with the Lord. My prayers are with his wife too - she is lucky to have you to help her in her time of grief.

I am so glad that you stopped by to say hi - it is so nice to meet you! I look forward to getting to know you better through your blog!
Blessings on your day today,
Kymber

Kathy said...

I have heard it said that you cannot do anything about the heritage you've received through your earthly life....it's your heritage. But, you can do everything (through Christ) about the legacy you leave behind. I am challenged by Jeff and Roxie in the most Godly fashion. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers everyone. I'll gladly extend those words to Roxie and her family.-Kathy

Brenda said...

Thanks for sharing that. Oh the rejoicing going on right now!

MightyMom said...

hello, it's nice to meet you.

I"m sorry for your loss.

thank you for stopping by my place, come on back anytime!

Sarah

Mary Lee said...

Very nice tribute. Everyone needs a "Roxie and Jeff" in their life.

Mel said...

What a beautiful tribute Kathy. Praise God for the hope we have in Him!

Kathy said...

Ya'll-thanks for your words for the Pate's. The service for Jeff was wonderful as was a glad reunion with many friends who also attended. MaryLee-yes, everyone needs a Jeff and Roxie!

Mel said...

Kathy,
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your encouraging comments. I will pray for you too--that we can both be disciplined in using our time to glorify Him best. Hugs and prayers!

Frasypoo said...

Its sad that a friend is no more yet I rejoice that he is now free from pain.Will be praying for youa nd your friend


PS:Kathy,the idiot who won for Milk is Sean Penn,the worst American I know.He was the one I was talking about in my post.He cam on at a point when my husband just started watching too!!!

Gina Stinson said...

What a sweet rememberance. Praying for the family and friends of this godly man and wishing the world had a few more like him!