This winter I received an invitation to speak at the annual tribute service that Johns Hopkins holds in connection with the palliative care team.
I hesitated for a while.
I’m just not comfortable with public speaking.
Those of you that know me are laughing because you know exactly how outspoken I am. However, with a microphone in front of me, I can guarantee my face is flushed and my heart is racing.
After prayer, I accepted.
How could I pass up the chance to honor Miranda’s legacy by speaking of how great the impact her short life and too soon death have had on me?
I shared on Instagram early that day, to ask that you all would share a prayer or think of me during the time I would be speaking. Some of you asked if I would share my speech with you.
Thankfully, I was given a copy of the video of the Tribute Service, and it is my honor to share it with you.
*At the :30 mark a card will invite you to view the slideshow. Clicking on that will open it in another window (leaving me speaking in the other window) so you can watch the photos while you listen.
Thank you for walking with me through the ups and downs that grief brings.
If you have experienced loss, I do hope some of these words brought comfort to you.