Ms. Beverly, What You Mean to me

Marcel - Hampton, Virginia
Entered on April 3, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
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Ms. Beverly, What You Mean to Me

Ethel Beverly was a close friend, mother, and spiritual motivator to me. Although, she wasn’t my biological grandmother, she took the role of a grandmother. Ethel Beverly, also known as Ms. Beverly to so many, made a powerful and lasting impact in my life. She encouraged me to live and love the Lord, gave me confidence that I would was always going to be alright, and made me believe that God is going to do big things for me in my life. Ms, Beverly suffered an injury that left her paralyzed from the waist down over 10 years ago, but she remained strong and used misfortune to be a witness of God’s amazing love. Ms, Beverly passed away in December of 2007, but the impact she had on my life is apart of who I am today.

Ms, Beverly’s love for the Lord radiated like the rays beaming from the sun. She let everybody know her love for people did come from the son, God’s only son Jesus Christ. Ms, Beverly told me to always keep God first, and through the difficult times; He will always be with me. Being around Ms, Beverly gave me a fire to live for God and to be a light to people who didn’t know the Lord. My mother would be the one to tell me to go to church. Her job took her other places, and I decided to stay in Virginia to live with my father. He was a good father but there is nothing like a mother telling her kids to go to church. Ms, Beverly stepped right in and encouraged me to stay in church.

Life is challenging and sometimes looks as though we are not going to make it. When I faced those times in my life. Ms, Beverly would say to me, “You are going to be just fine.” The way she looked at me was like she had had already saw me in the future. I was doing well and already over what ever obstacle I was facing. When she saw me looking down in the floor with discouragement, she always told me to pick my head up not to look down in the floor. She almost sounded upset with me because I had my head hung down.

Everybody wants to be somebody special in life. We are all special in our own way, but we want to make an impact and do great things. Ms, Beverly had faith in the God in my life, and she made me feel that I was already a superstar. Come up in Hampton, Virginia in the late 90’s, I saw Allen Iverson before his Georgetown days.

People knew him as Bubba Chuck or Chuck and now everybody knows him as A.I. Ms. Beverly made me feel that I will someday do something big like Bubba Chuck, and I would also give God glory with my life.

Ethel Beverly, a grandmother, a mother, a friend, and a positive mother. She is all of these things to me and more. Her prayers and the time spent with her has helped make me the person that I am today. I’m staying in church, remember her telling me that things will be alright, and believe that God has good things in store for me.