A Special tribute and thank you from the family of the late Ms. Martha Mona Toe-Sanyeneh.
Today, we pay a tribute of gratitude and devotion to the wonderful life of our grandmother, Ma, for the love she showed to her family and her service to her Lord Jesus Christ.
Martha, our grandmother, shared a very unique name with Martha of Bethany, mentioned in the Holy Scripture. She lived true to that name, for just like Martha of Bethany, Ma loved serving and praising Jesus. Martha of Bethany showed hospitality to Jesus when he visited her at home. She was concerned about making a meal for the Lord. When her sister did not assist, Martha got upset and asked Jesus, “Lord, do you not care?” Then Jesus in a gentle tone told her the importance of his visit, which was to hear his word.
Our grandmother, Ma, would have been trying to prepare a meal for Jesus the same way because that was who she was. Just like Martha of Bethany, our grandmother was very hospitable. She felt it was her duty to bring Peace and show Love. Some of the ways were taking in family members and friends to live with her. Our Grandmother, Ma, has helped every generation of our family. She never got tired of praying with or for anyone and never wavered in her faith, but during her last days on Earth, her faith was tested when she could no longer pray. I can imagine her unspoken words, just like Martha of Bethany, Ma asking Jesus, “Lord, do you not care?” I can also imagine Jesus replying in that same gentle tone saying to our grandmother, “Martha my child, do you not know what is important, this long suffering is to bring glory to my name.”
I have given you many, many years because of your obedience and faithfulness in spreading my word. Now, I will reward you for your years of service and dedication to me. On November 24, 2011, the day of Thanksgiving, our grandmother went to be with the Lord, her friend and savior, Jesus Christ.
Today, we celebrate our grandmother in a physical and spiritual way. She was unique and precious to us. She has inspired us in many ways. She will always live in our hearts, and if we are faithful to God, we will see her again.
Thank you granny, thank you Ma! Goodbye, and may your soul rest in eternal peace.
“The sorrow of the faithful is not that of permanent loss, but the tender sense of sadness that comes in saying goodbye for now to someone we love,” We the family of the late Martha “Ma” Sanyeneh expressed our thanks and appreciation for the love and support shown during this difficult times in our lives. We want to thank each and every one of you for your prayers, thoughts, calls, visitations, flowers, phone calls and your monetary contributions. Most especially, we want to thank you for your presence, Many of you have traveled from far and near to participate in this victorious home-going celebration for our beloved mother in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, aunt, cousin, niece, church member and friend.
Your act of love and kindness did not go unnoticed. Thank you and we pray that the Almighty God will continue to sustain you as you so selflessly gave of yourselves and your time. Thanks to all the officiated clergy, families, organizations, friends, and everyone who has participated in “MA’s” triumphant home-going celebration. Although this is a sad event for all of us, we find comfort in knowing how fortunate we are to know all of you. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die”. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Joyce Sanyeneh Brown and Albert (Idella) Teeba for the families