22 May 2006

MEMORY ETERNAL


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Panikhida Troparia of St. Isaac the Syrian in Tone 8 – Fr. Apostolos Hill

Among the Saints, O Christ, give rest to the soul of Your servant, Scott, where there is no pain, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but life everlasting. You alone are immortal, who didst make and mould man. But we mortals were formed from earth, and to the earth we return, as You who created me did command and say to me, “You are earth, and to the earth shall you return,” where all we mortals are going, and for a funeral dirge we make the song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!”

“With the spirits of the righteous give rest, O Savior, to the soul of Your departed servant, Scott, and keep him in the blessed life with You, O Lover of mankind. In the place of Your rest, O Lord, where all Your Saints repose give rest also to the soul of Your servant for You alone are the Lover of mankind.”

Yesterday morning, my beloved uncle, Scott Lee Beecham, passed into life eternal.

His death was due in part to an aggressive lung infection and was unexpected to say the least. He was 51 years young. Scott is my dad’s only brother and 1 of 3 siblings. Scott’s life was not always an easy one and he certainly had his battles to fight as do we all. He became a born again Christian while in High School, but soon after college at Murray State, he married and moved to L.A. with dreams of becoming an actor. In the milieu of this, sadly he left behind his walk with the Lord, as is so easy for us all to do when the world entices. I have many fond memories of going with my grandmother to visit him and my aunt when I was younger. 🙂 I think I’ll always have a special place in my heart for California, for many reasons, and visiting him was definitely one. He was a fun grown-up to a 10 year old, and always very kind and loving. He seemed like a big kid most of the time. I always felt that at heart Scott was still seeking God, and many years later, during a time of great turmoil he called on God once again. After an unfortunate and unexpected divorce from his wife he moved back to Peoria, Illinois. This is the area where he was originally from and he wanted to be near family during the difficult days ahead. It was in those troubling and soul searching days that he gave his life back to God. While his path still was not an easy one to tread, he continued to learn afresh to give his life daily to God and walk in His ways; albeit with some major shortfalls here and there. However, I know from talking to him that he was doing well and truly happy once again. And he was learning to trust God for help and mercy in the current phase of his life, even through great loneliness, overwhelming depression, and crushing disappointment at times.

He left us on a Sunday morning, and this I think is important to note and ultimately Divine Mercy. My uncle fell asleep in this mortal coil during the hours that Christ was risen from the dead and at the time that the myrrh-bearing women were making their way to anoint the Lord’s body and instead found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. It is my belief that the path ahead for my uncle may have been more evil and difficult than his spirit could bear, and that God in His mercy granted him rest and took him to Paradise to be with Himself,

“…lest evil change his understanding or guile deceive his soul. For the fascination of wickedness obscures what is good, and roving desire perverts the innocent mind. Being perfected in a short time, he fulfilled long years; for his soul was pleasing to the Lord, therefore he took him quickly from the midst of wickedness.” (Wisdom of Solomon 4:11-14)

I believe he fell asleep in the Lord, and like the myrrh-bearing women, the Lord found him watching and waiting for Him.

I will miss him very much. I miss him already. He is a good uncle. He loved all of his family very much. He is a very intelligent man, full of compassion and love, always trying to be at peace and help others be so as well – sometimes even to a fault – but his motive was always love. He loved fishing, baseball, and being outdoors, but most of all he loved acting. He is a good actor, and a good singer of 70’s rock ballads, and loved going out to sing at Karaoke places. He made me laugh and I often felt that we thought on the same wavelength, which is a weird one, but it is comforting to know that someone else in your family is just as odd as you are. I’ll miss that most of all, but I look forward to the day when we will laugh together again in Paradise.

Rest well Uncle Scott; rejoice in the Lord and pray for us here. I’ll see you soon.

Thank you all for your prayers this last week. Please pray for my dad (Fr. Joshua) especially, as well as his sister and our family that the Lord would help us in our grieving. Lord Have Mercy! Memory Eternal!

CHRIST IS RISEN!



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Posted 22 May, 2006 by Luke Beecham in category "Death

9 COMMENTS :

  1. By MommaK on

    It is God’s great mercy that death is the ultimate healing and reconciliation. “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face…” 1Cor13:12 Memory Eternal…..

  2. By Josh on

    May his memory be eternal!
    Christ is Risen!
    Truly, He is Risen!

  3. By Eric Jewett on

    I am sorry to hear of your families loss Luke. It was with great sadness that I opened your email to read the news we had just spoken of the other day. You mentioned your uncle’s love for acting, and I think that I may have met him one time when he stopped in to see you at the church office years ago…do you remember this? Anyway, sorry to hear of your loss, and I with you share that reality we have in Christ’s conquering of death! Christ is Risen!
    Eric

  4. By Luke Seraphim on

    Thank you all very much. Truly I can greive as one with great hope, for Christ is Risen. Truly He is Risen!

  5. By Joel on

    Hey Good Buddy,
    Christ is risen!
    An excellent memorial to a loved one. I would have liked to know him – especially if he was anything like you, I’m sure he would have made a great friend. I’m sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers always.
    Let me know if you need someone to assist you in drowning your sorrows in a $2 pint. 😉
    May his memory be eternal!

  6. By Luke Seraphim on

    Thank you Joel. And yes, I will take you up on your offer. 🙂 Don’t know that I want to drown my sorrows, but a pint or two would certainly be welcome.
    Christ is Risen!

  7. By Ange on

    I am very sorry for the loss of your Uncle Scott. I am thinking of you all and praying for you all. As, I sit here reading his story, typing from my CA office… I can easily look outside and see the saddness that surrounds so many who come here with beautiful dreams and how easy it is to become caught up in all of “worldy” beauty. From what I know of your uncle Scott… he was a good man, a joy to be around, and full of laughter.
    Memory Eternal..
    Ange

  8. By Luke Seraphim on

    Thank you Ange. Yeah, the “California Dream” seems to take hold of a lot of people and then leaves them empty ultimately. I think moving there with the expectation that life is tough no matter where you go, and ultimately God is the only true source of life and lover of mankind would help balance things. But to go seeking after dreams without God and thinking only of your own glory – well, that’s why advice like that of Solomon (All is vanity. There is nothing new under the sun. God is all.) is what we have to live by. I LOVE California and would love to live by the ocean, but I hope that if I’m ever granted that request by God (oh yeah, I’ve asked… 😉 ) I hope that ultimately I, and all of us, never lose site of what truly matters. Dreams come and dreams go but God remains.
    Thanks for your prayers. Miss you guys a lot. And of course, I do miss the ocean and the mountains. We’ll have to come out to our “happy place” this fall and get refilled with the smells of saltwater and fresh mountain air. Please greet Andy for me.
    Christ is Risen!

  9. By beth on

    Thanks so much for writing about Scott. He was in my small group bible study and I served with him at LifeBridge Church and he gave it his all when serving the Lord. He also made the best darn brownies : )
    It was with shock to hear that he left this earth, but great confort to know that he was with Jesus. To be absent from the body is to be present
    with the Lord. I thank God for all his assurances of eternal life. I am thankful that Jesus said “I have come to give you life” I am thankful that Scott knew of the treasure that waited for him in heaven and the Father was there with his arms wide open to greet him. Scott knew that all who called on the name of the Lord would be saved and his place in heaven was secure.
    He will be missed while on this earth, but I knew from the moment I met him that we were spending eternity together from that day on.
    So be spreading the good news of Jesus to all you meet, becauce you only have your life on earth to make a choice for Christ and not after you are gone. So choose Christ and LIVE!Everyone matters to God.
    bg

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