Well, how do you say goodbye?
Today we were notified of the death of a dear woman of God. Mamma Phumela Yono, died this morning approximately between the hours of 12am – 1am. I still cannot believe that I’m writing this blog about her. Death happens so suddenly and unexpectedly. It stirs so much emotion and reflection. Who would have thought that we would have had to start the 30th of November 2020 without our beloved sister and to many a mother in the Lord. I only have fond memories of her.
The impact of a life.
Many would describe her as strict and serious, but I’m so thankful that she allowed me to see a side of her that was friendly, sweet and motherly. She was filled with humour and always sought an opportunity to share her wisdom and give a life’s lesson when the moment arised. We met with the children this morning and I think that they realised that they had to share their mother with so many who loved her. Her impact was tremendous upon others who viewed her as a pillar of strength and inspiration.
Her life was an example of virtue and her worth was far more than diamonds. I’m filled with bittersweet emotions having to mourn her death, but at the same time celebrate her life. She always made me feel at peace and safe. That was the influence of her life on mine. She was in a position of authority in her daily work, as magistrate but also knew how to honour authority and submit to it.
She knew that she needed to be dependent upon God and gladly shared her faith in Jesus Christ with family, her children and colleagues. Proverbs 31 vs 17 describes one aspect of her life in a vivid way by saying, ‘She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong’.
Proverbs 31:25-29 English Standard Version
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. 26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. 27 She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”
The above text describes the life of our dear sister. Let’s remember her for who she was and the fond memories we have of her. We honour her life and I am grateful for the opportunity I had to have her form part of my life and the influence she had on me. With sadness we need to say goodbye and learn to go on without a pillar of faith.
That’s my pause for thought for today. I was going to share a different thought, but all else must halt and stand at attention as we appreciate and say ‘Hamba Kahle’ Sister Yono.
R v Staden