Shortly after my cousin David was killed in the line of duty, my dear friend Jackie (who is like a sister to me) made a donation to her veterinary office in David’s memory.

The purpose of her gift was to set up a fund for people who did not have the means to afford care for their beloved pets in the south Florida area.

Jackie is a huge animal lover and she was very touched by my post about David, especially that as owner of his own veterinary clinic, he treated animals whose owners could not afford to pay him.

Inspired by his example, she set up the fund in David’s name back in January.

Yesterday, she received a handwritten note from a grateful beneficiary of that fund. The office manager had attached a post-it onto the letter which read: “Dear Jackie, This is a card from a client you helped with your donation. She was SO thankful for you! What a blessing!”

The card read as follows: “Thank you so much for your generous gift to my cats. I wouldn’t have been able to afford the care at the (hospital) if it wasn’t for your kindness. Just to let you know that my cat had a seizure…She is fine now with the doctor’s great care and the loving staff. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Warm regards.”

Jackie sent me a text informing me about this yesterday afternoon while I was in the middle of a tour of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Right there in the lobby, tears sprang to my eyes.

David left this earth six months ago, but his life is still touching others. How could he have imagined that a woman he never met 1500 miles away in south Florida would be impacted by his legacy?

This would have made him so happy.

We will  all leave a legacy, friends. Only eternity will tell the ripples from our lives that reached out and touched others in life-changing ways.

Your life is not—and never has been—inconsequential. You were created with great purpose and placed in this generation with considerable intention by the Author of all great stories.

Your life matters.

Do you like what your legacy would be if your life were to end today?

If not, it’s not too late to change it.

Thank you, Jackie, for continuing my cousin’s legacy in your part of the world. I am so grateful for you!



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2 responses to “Legacy

  1. I needed this. Been battling insignificance badly, lately. My heart stopped at “Your life is not inconsequential”, which was a profound indication of how thoroughly I’ve been buying into the lies! Thank you, Susan!

    • I am so glad you were blessed, Fae. Your life is certainly NOT inconsequential! You have much to give and I am enjoying going along on your journey via your blog. Have a blessed day!

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