Tara Thomas: A Testimony of Courage

by Steve Hale

All of us were so saddened to hear of the passing of a beautiful young lady, Tara Thomas. Tara was only seventeen years old. She was stricken with hydrocephalus, which is an accumulation of serous fluid within the cranium and often causes great enlargement of the head.

As the apostle Paul instructed thei specifics of “love without hypocricy,” we weep with Paul, Carol, and Bryan. Though we deeply regreat her passing, we rejoice that she is now in the loving arms of our Lord, and that her pain is no more.

Though I have been there but a brief time, I am amazed at the many lessons Tara taught us:

1. Joy — On a recent visit, I was amazed how happy she was as Carol held her in her arms. Happiness does not come from wealth and power. It comes from loving, being loved, and being thankful. In that brief moment, Tara clearly personified these virtues.

2. Faith — In the two brief visits I had with Tara, I observed no anxiety. Why? Because she knew how much she was loved! Therefore, this bond of trust gave her peace. This speaks volumes as to how our trust in God brings us peace ( Philippians 4:6-9)