A few weeks ago the Sumter community and the Cuttino family lost a very special man. At his Celebration Service our friend's family shared a question he often posed to persons he came in contact with. During his illness, his family said he had them post the question just outside his hospital room for all who entered and just inside the room for each to see again as they left. The question went like this:
"Why do we call today the 'PRESENT'?
...Because every day is a 'GIFT' from God!
So very thankful for the perfect provision provided by Jesus Christ."
I don't know the history behind this particular riddle of his but I will venture to share his intent. As his
family and friends reminisced about his life, one common thread easy to pick out was how much Tillman loved not only them but how much he loved his Heavenly Father. You see, even as he lay facing his final days he wanted others to come to know Jesus as he knew Him. He wanted His last breaths to not be in vain but used to try and be God's instrument just one more time. At his memorial service the pastor read a letter one of Tillman's nurses wrote to his family. She talked about how much his faith had influenced and strengthened her faith during his hospitalization. Think about that.... he was in his last days but he was encouraging the ones who were there to take care of him. I think that takes a person with superhuman strength.... a person who is truly a child of God's, the one and only giver of perfectly sustainable peace.
As many South Carolina communities try to dig out and dry out after the torrential downpours of the last few days, let's remember Tillman's words. Each day IS a gift. Let's be thankful for all we have. Let's remember there are people in our community that lost everything (including loved ones) during this tragedy. Let's reach out to those who need a helping hand and pray for those who do not personally know there's a Father in heaven to turn to as they deal with their losses. Let's be persons of superhuman strength with our Father at the controls. Today the sun is out and shining brightly. May it also do the same in our hearts.
"But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
2 Corinthians 12:9
(May this and many other memories of our friend, Tillman Cuttino, be a continuation of his legacy and may the communities affected by the floods be shone the face of Jesus through it all.)
Walking the road with you,
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