The Holy Spirit is Awesome!! – Writing My Brother’s Obituary (Part II)

Today’s Message:

Confirmation That The Holy Spirit Was There…Writing My Brother’s Obituary

Hey Neighbor!

c68c7ed0-9d95-42eb-9180-e04fe9edc838I had never been to a Memorial Service before, and I really didn’t know what to expect.

The clubhouse at My Aunt Jean’s Retirement Community Center, in Rialto was beautifully decorated.  The food was being prepared in the kitchen, and the people were streaming in…greeting one another and making their way to their seats.

However…there was no body…no casket…nor was there an urn filled with my Brother’s ashes.😞

Other than family, I didn’t know or recognize any of the faces in the room.

Feeling sort of lost…I sat there looking at the different faces, wondering what had been their relationship to my brother.

I wondered whether these unidentifiable faces were those of his (Tony’s) friends, neighbors, or maybe even his co-workers.

By Now…The Holy Spirit was urging me to get up to go find out who these people were…and so I reluctantly, obeyed.

I was not sure what I was going to say, as I approached a lovely couple that had been sitting very quietly….only about three rows behind me.

I introduced myself as Hubert’s Sister, and I asked them how they had become acquainted with my brother.

The husband and wife pair, began to tell Me that they were My Brother’s customers from Coco’s…the restaurant where he worked.

They went on to tell me about how they had learned of Tony’s death. They had gone into the restaurant, and had requested to be seated in Tony’s section, as they did regularly, when one of the female employees began to cry, telling them that Hubert had passed away, as she pointed to the Memorial that Management had setup for Tony, near the store entrance.

The gentleman’s wife went on to express how she and her husband had loved to dine in Tony’s seating area at Coco’s and she remarked about how cheerful Tony was…with his bright smile and those big eyes.

Now if You’ve already read Tony’s Obituary Part I…You would understand why I was standing there in awe…with my jaw dropped… listening to her story about Tony…thinking to myself,

No Way…That’s what I wrote in Tony’s Obit!!

You See…I didn’t really know much about where My Brother had working, prior to his death.

I wasn’t even completely sure of the name of the Restaurant!!

So while I was writing the obituary, I had called my Aunt Dorothy, who filled me in, giving me the full name of the restaurant.

She even had to tell me that Tony worked as a Waiter at Coco’s, because I wasn’t sure if he was the cook, or the waiter, or what…I just knew that he had previously enjoyed waiting tables.

So…I was  just standing there, listening in awe, as these people confirmed with their mouths…the words that I thought that I had written.

I’m certain they didn’t realize it…but they were confirming information for me that I was not privy to.

I had never visited Tony at any of his job locations, even when he had worked at home in Illinois.

When I wrote the obit, I could only imagine that Tony was good at his job, and that he must have had a good report with his customers, and that he had acquired many ‘regulars,’ after having been with the company for over 6 years.

So I was AMAZED!!

As I continued to ‘work the room’…ALL of the ladies I spoke with, went on and on about Tony being a ‘real’ gentleman, and about how handsome He was…

But these elderly ladies, also went on and on about how helpful Tony was…whether they wanted a piece of furniture moved, in their apartment, or if they needed something cleaned-up…Tony was willing to Help!!

They also mentioned how Tony would not accept any payment or tip for his service to them…Tony just wanted to help!!


So I’m sitting down by now, amazed with yet More confirmation of the Words…that I, again…thought that I had written!!

When the Service had finally begun, each person that wanted to share their stories about Tony, had been allotted 2 minutes to speak.

I was very touched by their testimonies; but there was one in particular that left me astounded….

As one of the Pastor’s began to speak about My Brother…he talked about how He (the pastor) would pull in through the gates of the facility, park his car, and begin to unload his groceries, when Tony would hurry over to help him to carry his groceries inside.

I thought Wow!!

Again…Words that I thought that I had written!!

That was when I realized that The Holy Spirit had been there with Me, All along through this entire thing!!

He had Comforted Me…when the tears wouldn’t stop flowing!!

He had Counseled Me…when I couldn’t understand the sudden loss!!

He had Helped Me…to set things in order and  get my tail in gear to California!!

He had been my Advocate…speaking for Me when I didn’t know what to say!!

He even Interceded on my behalf…as He brought peace between My Brother and I before He had passed away!!

He also Strengthened me…when I was too weak to Stand!!

He was there All ALONG…Standing By Me

And when my word’s were not sufficient…

He was there…substituting His Words for Mine…

As He Wrote My Brother’s Obituary!!

And I must say…that I gave God All The Glory!!

And I Praise Him For His Holy Spirit!!


Thanks For  Stopping By, Neighbor,

God Loves You and So Do I!!


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35 thoughts on “The Holy Spirit is Awesome!! – Writing My Brother’s Obituary (Part II)

  1. Growing up in God…that’s a great title for a book, huh??😂
    My dad passed away at 51. I’m just now realizing how young he was…as I am turning 50 later this month. Was Gary your husband?


  2. Writing this, many years ago, actually gave me peace and clarity. It was very therapeutic. Tony’s death hit me pretty hard 🪨 Praise God for the Holy Spirit’s therapy couch😂and The Word‼️


  3. Actually, Hubie is named after my father. He was Hubert Jr. My brother was Hubert III. No he is not little anymore😔He’s taller than me now and only 12‼️


  4. Amen! The Holy Spirit gave Peter and the others the boldness, and the ability to give the first Good News Sermon, spoken in as many different languages and dialects as was necessary to a melting pot of people, having foreign tongues, and who spoke different dialects …all who had journeyed to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost.

    Therefore those who accepted and welcomed his message were baptized, and there were added that day about 3,000 souls. (Acts 2:41)
    Not too bad for your first sermon🤣😂😅

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  5. Hey darling Tam. What a wonderful story although sad to learn about your brother’s passing some time ago. I remember your story about reconciling with him. God is so good and it’s always great when we manage to reconcile with our loved ones before they pass. Love you lady. ❤️💗💖

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  6. That is a story I will never forget. You were so blessed. But you are a very special person to have obeyed so perfectly. Did you name Little Hubie after your brother? Though he is not Little Hubie anymore (too bad)! This had to be hard to write all those memories. Such a perfect testimonial of the Holy Spirits love and power! 💖🙏🌈

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  7. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
    Romans 8:26

    Although this verse speaks of the way He intercedes for us , through us, I believe he fills all areas of our communication. He must be the difference in the things that we speak, otherwise how could we ever be able to speak into other people’s lives.
    Yes! Count on Him, he is our “Parakletos”

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  8. Very beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing.

    It just proves my point: the greatest riches are the riches of the heart. You can only enlarge your wealth by sharing your love.

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