A New Body

A New Body

Earlier this week my grandfather passed away. His death was not a complete shock, since his health had been declining for the past few months. These last couple of days have been a whirlwind for me and I don’t know if I’ve fully processed his demise. I am comforted in knowing that as the word of God says, (2 Corinthians 5:1-8, NLT) when we leave this earthly tent, we exchange if for a heavenly home; and to be away from this earthly body is to be present with the Lord. I have found great comfort in this scripture this week. I love how God’s word will come to our remembrance at just the right time.

Last week I learned that a childhood friend of mine, was dealing with the transition of a dear family member; I asked her how was she doing and she reponded, “when the body has taken the spirit as far as it can, we pray for a peaceful separation of the two”.  Oh, how my heart ached for my friend! I was checking in on a friend not knowing that I myself would find comfort in her words a few days later.  This simple, yet profound statement has flooded my mind in the days after my own dear grandfather’s death. I find myself reminiscing and thinking about all the colorful memories that I have of my grandfather. One memory in particular stands out for me.

My grandfather was an avid fisherman and for as long as I can remember, he always owned a boat. When I was a very young child, I realized that my grandfahter’s boat was named Terry. I remember thinking, “wow, I have the same name as daddy’s boat”. Over the years, I noticed that my Grandfather’s boats always shared the same name as me. At some point in my early teen years, I learned that when an owner purchases a boat, that the owner has the privilege of  naming their boat; this peaked my curisosity. Me being the shy child and teen that I was, I remember having to muster up the courage to ask my grandfather if he purposely named his boats after me. He smiled and sheepishly responded, yes. I remember feeling SO special after learning this.

As I remember my grandfather, my sentiment is this –  a life well lived, is one worth celebrating. Therefore, I find joy in knowing that my grandfather is no longer limited in an earthly body, that he is no longer in pain and that he has traded his earthly sorrows for heavens gain!

Terry Cato About Terry Cato

Terry Cato is a Talk Show Host, Author and relationship blogger. She is the Founder of Relationships 411, a blog community dedicated to healthy relationships and marriages. She is the Host of Real Talk w/Terry a Bay Area talk show focusing on relationship and lifestyle topics. Her memoir, “No Longer a Bridesmaid!” chronicles the 7 years she was single, celibate and believing God for a husband. Feel Free to Follow Terry on Twitter and visit her website for more information about the Author.


  1. Terry, I am in tears reading this. It reminds me of my grandfather who I was close to. I love that your grandfather named his boat after you! And I love what your friend said about the body and spirit. I am so sorry about your loss.

  2. Awesome writing cuz!! God is the author and finisher of our faith and in him we know I see nothing all is well! Love you and can’t wait to see you next week.

  3. Awesome writing cuz!! God is the author and finisher of our faith and in him we know all is well! Love you and can’t wait to see you next week.


    • Thanks Cuz! You know writing is my therapy. ???? I have so many memories and they’ve been flooding my mind this past week. Looking forward to seeing all of you!

  4. Toni Shiloh says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your heart. It shows.

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