Earlier this week, two colleagues from Northside ISD in San Antonio, Texas wrote to share the news that Evelyn Thompson had passed on. As a fellow believer, while sadness is a part of the death of a highly esteemed colleague, I’m thrilled that someone as spiritual as Evelyn has “gone home.” What a joy it must be to find herself in the presence of He whom she worshipped. In fact, REJOICE is the right word to describe Evelyn’s homecoming. Yet, for a moment, I have to step back and remember Evelyn as I knew her, a strong, yet kind person never short on wisdom to share.
One of the most memorable moments with Evelyn came when she explained her desire to facilitate an online graduate class. “Miguel,” she said with a smile, “you’ll understand some day. For me, teaching these classes helps keep me grounded.” At the time, I didn’t understand exactly. I was facilitating workshops left and right, and while I understood the idea of a workshop keeping one grounded, Evelyn hinted at something more in that curious smile she had. I will always remember her smile and her manner.
Now, over 10 years later at 42 years of age, I truly understand what she meant. It is my fervent hope that Evelyn’s faith, kept so ardently over the years and evidenced by her demeanor and the spiritual music she played and her active church service, hint at something more for all believers.
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