While we are promised that this broken world is likely to be paved with affliction and adversity, few tragedies can compare to the sudden death of a spouse.
Noone could be more very well known that heart-wrenching loss than former NFL player Tommie Harris, who opened up about his wife Ashley’s death on BET’s Super Bowl Gospel Celebration earlier this month.
Just 41 short days after saying “I do, ” his’ forever’ was cut tragically short when Ashley suffered a fatal brain aneurysm.
“About five years ago, I lost my spouse to a brain aneurysm, ” Harris told the crowd. “And I recollect sitting in an auditorium just like you were in Indianapolis, and me and her were sitting here and I was watching a man come up there also talk about how he lost his wife. As I was sitting there in the audience, I was merely wedded for 30 periods at that moment … and I didn’t know 11 days later, I would lose my wife.”
That moment has been permanently seared in his brain, as he reflects on just how precious our times on this world is, and just how little we know about how much of it we have.
Not even Harris’ millions of dollars worth of savings from his NFL career could buy his wife one more second.
“I had something like $25 million in the bank when I lost Ashley, and not one dollar had been able to help her, ” he wrote in The Players’ Tribune. “If it could have, I would have given every last cent to save my wife.”
“She showed me that a Christian is more than a word it’s a way of life. The whole hour we were together I envisioned I was teaching her but I’ve recognized I was the student she was the teach.( Facebook) ”
“Life is short” and “live life to the fullest” often sound like nothing more than cliche bumper stickers … until the moment you watch the love of your life breathe her final breath. Then it’s real, then it’s tangible-and somehow more worthy of being wailed at the top of your lungs for anyone willing to listen to the truth they were so sure they already knew.
And that’s exactly what Harris did, as the auditorium of onlookers sat transfixed on his tale 😛 TAGEND
“Death is a thing that happens in life, it’s not a thing that happens to life, so my job is to go and tell everyone that is living to attain life count, ” extol the former NFL star. “I don’t care what it is. As you exhale today, when was the last day you took a big deep exhale? As I drew my wife’s monitor off and she took her last one … Right now, take a deep one. Let it out. As long as you have that in your torso, you’ve got the Brady effect. At any moment, I’ve got period on the clock, I can come back at any moment! I know things happen in my life, but I can make a change at any moment.”
After opening up about his Greatest Loss in a feature narrative with The Players’ Tribune last year, one may have expected that Harris’ speech would be marked by a tone of overcome and woe-but the outspoken Christian took quite the opposite attitude as he delivered his powerful take-home message 😛 TAGEND
“I came here to encourage all of you that are going through a difficult time, that difficulty doesn’t last always. I’ve never seen a cloud sit over one person’s house for a very long time- this too shall pass- it has to! ” he exclaimed.
Harris closed by echoing the bold promise of Psalm 30:5 😛 TAGEND
“We’ve been made to endure the night, but our exhilaration will come in the morning.”
His gripping words of encouragement have induced waves in all the regions of the Internet, amassing virtually 10 million views since they were posted. Watch Harris’ powerful message of perseverance and hope in the video below 😛 TAGEND
After being married for only 41 Period #3XProBowler #BearsLegend Tommie Harris lost his Wife … LISTEN to what he has to say #SuperBowlGospel ……# MakeLifeCOUNT The Tyra Hill Show Approves THIS MESSAGE
Posted by Tyra Hill on Sunday, February 4, 2018