Happy Birthday Dear Jillian
*permission given from her family to write this dedicated piece.
Today is Jillian’s 18th birthday, tomorrow her family will bury her and cry the tears many of us pray to never have to cry.
Everyone knows spending time with the Nappi family means you will hear of their love for God and you will continue to hear about it especially now.
We may never understand the “why” to tragedy on this side of heaven, but Jillian had a testimony and it was clear. Was she perfect? No. Did she love the Lord Jesus as her savior? yes. Her obituary was clear. So was her salvation.
In a life lost so young, we have questions, we are confused, we shake our fists in undeniable anger, grief can seem so insurmountable…without Jesus, it can be insurmountable.
Today, the Nappi family is welcoming all of Jillian’s friends over for her birthday. If you are her friend, you should go. Celebrate her life and learn what it means to know Jesus personally. Give Jillian the gift of knowing you too can claim her creator as your own.
It’s rare to see a teenager firm in her beliefs. Jillian knew, understood and accepted Jesus Christ as her savior. So this platform I am writing on is for nothing more than to make sure her testimony reaches just a few more.
So what does this all mean? Why does her testimony mean so much? This is it:
Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God (no one is perfect)
Romans 6:32 -For sin equals death, but the gift of God is eternal through Jesus Christ
Romans 5: 8 – God loved us so much , that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 10:9 – For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord and believe in him with all your heart and that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (and spend eternity with Jesus in heaven)
So, as the family says “see you later” tomorrow at her funeral, they can honestly say this. They don’t hope, they don’t guess, they don’t say this because she was a good person. They claim it, they own it, they WILL see her again because Jesus promised.
Happy birthday dear Jillian. Your infectious smile and vibrant personality will be missed on levels most of us can’t imagine. I have stared at your face over and over again and I can see the light in your eyes that so many others found in you.
Thank you for your life, your testimony and who you are to so many. You are a gift that keeps on giving. May Jesus wrap his arms around your family and this world as we grieve your loss. Happy birthday beautiful.