In Memory of Miss Hall
In Memory of Miss Hall
Written by Julie Griffin | 2.3.2020
It is hard to believe that one year ago, our beloved friend and teacher, Miss Emily Hall, walked into the presence of her Savior. In honor of her memory and legacy, I want to share about the beautiful impact she left on all of us here at Coram Deo, as well as in the hearts and lives of people around the world.
Romans 10:15 says, “As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’” Emily Hall had “beautiful feet.” She spread the love, joy, and peace of the good news of the Gospel wherever her Savior led her. She had a whole life that she lived before coming to Coram Deo that I only know about from our many conversations. I know she spent time ministering in Korea and traveling the world. I know she loved the people she knew as Christ loves us. She made us better because we spent time with her. Emily and I were always talking about life from the pursuit of godliness. She stood firm to help others, big and little. Her friendships ran deep, strong, and true.
As some of you may know, Emily and I were not just friends, but we were also neighbors. She would text or call me, and we would go on walks together. We would talk about our struggles, our insecurities, our families, and our hopes and dreams. I am so comforted to know all her hopes and dreams are now fulfilled. She continued to bring her family and friends together in her death. Many relationships have been made and are now treasured because we were all brought together through her death.
Emily’s classroom at Coram Deo was a special place, a place filled with love and learning. She touched the lives of her students, and I believe, taught them more about Jesus and who they are in Christ than anything else. I loved watching Emily interact with the children in her sphere of influence. In Matthew 19:14, Jesus says, “ Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Emily brought the children to Jesus and embodied how Christ loves them. Her former students recollect and treasure their time with Miss Hall. They remember her smile, her care, and her engaging lessons. Miss Hall will forever have an impact on the students that she taught.
Her deepest desire was to show people Jesus’ love. She was like the tree in her favorite story, The Giving Tree. She looked around her, noticed the needs of others, and poured herself into them. In the lives of her friends and family, she was always there to just hang out with you, walk with you, lend a listening ear, offer advice, or help in any way she could. In her students’ lives, she gave her all to listen to them, learn with them, teach them engaging lessons, and cry or laugh with them.
Every morning, I would look out my window and make sure her light was on. I still look up at her window and miss the light that is not shining there. However, she was the real light, shining for Jesus, and I still see that light shining brightly every day. Because she still shines in our hearts and lives, we will never forget Miss Emily Hall. Her “beautiful feet” have imprinted our hearts forever, and may we honor her everyday by spreading the good news of Jesus and His great love wherever our own feet take us.
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