Mandy Kelly was not a personal friend of mine. Her name was familiar to me via other blogging friends and I had visited her website, Worshipful Living. So I was aware of who she was when I heard the heartbreaking news about the house fire that claimed the lives of herself, her husband and two of their four children.
Perhaps you have heard about this incident that happened last week? For those who haven’t …
The Kelly family lived in Cayce, South Carolina and on March 21st, their house caught fire. The cause is unknown. Scott and Mandy and their two children, Lizzie (age 9) and Judah (10 months), lost their lives in this fire.
When a blogging friend invited me to participate in this tribute to Mandy, I hesitated because I didn’t know her and obviously could not share from any personal experiences or memories. But her passing brought to mind something that I had been considering for awhile, and that is what I would like to share to honor her memory.
There’s a popular Christian song called I Want To Live Like That by Sidewalk Prophets and the lyrics have been always been very meaningful to me. Here are a few of them –
Sometimes I think
What will people say of me
When I’m only just a memory
When I’m home where my soul belongs
Was I love
When no one else would show up
Was I Jesus to the least of us
Was my worship more than just a song
I want to live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do
Points to You
If love is who I am
Then this is where I’ll stand
Never holding back
I want to live like that
Am I proof
That You are who you say You are
That grace can really change our heart
Do I live like Your love is true
And even if they don’t know my name
Is there evidence that I’ve been changed
When they see me, do they see You
It has been incredible to see the testimonies that people have shared and observe the wonderful witness that Mandy was. All I can think of is – she being dead, yet speaketh. When I visited her Facebook page after hearing the tragic news, one of the first posts I saw was the following quote:
Yes I do depend on a man. My husband and I are a team. He depends on me and I depend on him. We support each other. That’s how marriage is supposed to work.
Amen to that!
Since then her page has continued to share posts that she had pre-scheduled, many of which are full of encouragement. As her friends and family mourn their loss, they can’t help but to be inspired by her life and testimony.
Have you ever thought about when you are “just a memory”? Have you considered what people will think and say of you when you are no longer on this earth? It’s a sobering thought. Usually when I consider it, I think about the things in my life that I would really like to change in order to be a better witness.
I’ve heard so many beautiful things about Mandy that it makes me sorry I never had the chance to know her in person. But I am thankful that her life was a testimony to the faithfulness of our Heavenly Father and I am thankful that she was an inspiration to so many of us. My prayer is to be able to leave behind the kind of legacy that she has.
Please pray for the relatives of the Kelly family, especially Bekah and Jared – their two children who survived the fire. I can’t begin to imagine what they’re experiencing right now but I know that our Savior can and He is able and willing to minister to them through all this. If you feel led to help out financially, their church has set up a fund for them:
Trinity Baptist Church
2003 Charleston Hwy.
Cayce, SC 29033
You can also donate via the church’s website. There is a GIVE button on the menu and you can choose “Kelly Fund” from the dropdown options.