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BY ANNA LEROY
I met Mary over a unicorn Frappuccino, and yes, you heard/read that correctly. Her and Sandra were so excited to try it! And to be honest I am not sure why…maybe for the colors, the sweetness, or the uniqueness, but whatever the reason, my heart was so happy to meet someone so important in Sandra’s life. Pretty quickly, Mary also became an important person in mine!
Mary is arguably the smartest, most talented, most humble person I have ever met. Someone who can essentially, sing opera, excel in one of the hardest curriculum paths at Georgia Tech, and never say a prideful thing about herself, is absolutely stunning. It was always a joy to see her, but selfishly part of my joy was learning from the example she set! Even if she was tired or frustrated, she would comment in the nicest way possible about it-seriously, please tell me if you’ve ever met someone else with this hidden talent. Let me correct myself, met someone with such a powerful spiritual gift in her ability to be both serve and teach so fluently? I never had met someone like this, to the capacity in which Mary exhibits it.
I am so grateful Sandra introduced me to Mary. While Sandra is a very specific answered prayer, Mary is the answer to a prayer I didn’t know about, but God did. Mary is such a bright light in this world, and every time I see her, I can’t help but smile!
One of the coolest parts of Chi-Alpha, was going to Mary and asking, “what have you been up to,” because some amazing and personal craft was going to be pulled out of Mary’s backpack-or in one case, it was a picture of a carved pumpkin! And it wasn’t just the unique item she had built or crafted for her course, it was the artistic and classic touch that she added to each part that made it so exciting to see every week.
Her pieces in school that she had to do for her courses, reflected to me a core principle that Mary will always emit given her love for Jesus which is this:
Each beautiful piece of art was crafted with such boundless determination, hope, and love, and those same traits pour into every soul Mary touches in her life, even if she doesn’t realize it. She is a wonderful example of how Jesus’ love overflows from us to others. I am so grateful to know her.
Mary, I love you, I’m proud of you, and you will continue to be such an inspiration for others! Congrats on getting out!!!
BY JESSICA PATTASSERY
Even if we can’t be in person to celebrate, you so deserve to be celebrated.
I’ve loved every moment I’ve gotten to spend with you in the past few years – from figuring out harmonies together (I have literally never heard you sing off key), to finding the perfect combination of tea and creamer (and I think we ended up getting it down), to seeing an armadillo for the first time (thinking about you pointing and saying “what the-” still makes me laugh)!
It’s been a joy to have gotten to know you through Chi Alpha, and spend time with you in countless worship practices and plug services. I love that I’ve been able to see your genuine heart for the Lord, not only through your words, but through your trusting attitude even when you’ve had a sleepless week, through the dedication you’ve shown to serving in worship, through your attention to detail in everything you do, through the way you love your friends and family, and even through the beautiful designs that you have such a gift for creating. You’re beautiful, inspirational, faithful, hardworking, humble, and talented. I admire you and pray that you continue to grow in all these areas, so that you’ll continue to bless everyone you encounter, just like you’ve blessed me.
I miss seeing your smile and getting my weekly hug from you every Thursday! Please come back and visit us when all this is over! I’ll be looking forward to it.
LETTER TO MARY
BY DEREK DOOLITTLE
It’s always a strange journey when the end is the most chaotic part. Georgia Tech is the epitome of left turns and sudden major life changes, and I guess old man Burdell couldn’t let you leave before he threw one more chaotic turn at you. Tech is supposed to prepare you for life, and I guess they’re trying their best.
I wanted to tell you something you didn’t know. I’ve been in control of the sound balance on the Worship Team for a while now, and when I first started, we had to put your volume at nearly double what Kayla’s was just to hear you. Over time, though, we kept edging back. I was happy to see your confidence grow as God put a peace in you about your talent, and you worshipped more boldly every week. By the end of it, you were only one notch volume up than Will and Kayla, and I hope it doesn’t sound weird for me to say that I’m proud of you for that. I know we haven’t had much interaction, all things considered, but it made me happy to see just a small peek into your growing character as God is continuing to grow a boldness in your heart.
Proverbs 28:1 says that “The wicked flee when no one pursues them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” I want to encourage you to be that lion. You have the best of both blessings, you are gentle by nature, and will inherit the earth and its riches. But you are also filled with the Spirit and given the power to be bold, and that is an amazing pair of traits. I see you as one who stands under threat of Satan’s army and dedicates their time to washing the feet of the poor and helpless. Never let anyone convince you that you have to be only meek or only bold, for it is the two together that make you like Jesus. I also encourage you to seek righteousness, and Romans 3:22 tells us that righteousness is earned through faith. The roots of being bold is having faith that God has you taken care of, and there’s nothing that can break that promise.
Life is weird, and this world is chaos, but God is pretty straightforward. Keep your eyes off of the storm and waves and on Christ, and you will never even get your socks wet. Thank you so much for being a beacon of joy and an expression of hunger and thirst for more of God at every moment I have known you. I can’t wait to see your designs coming to market.
With love and peace,