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A promise to Beth

"A promise to Beth" Continued...

“I was able to look at her and promise that I would never let Jack Daylon down. I promised her I would take him to church and pray with him and do everything I think that she would want me to do.”

That includes celebrating Christmas. They planned to do so in their home that is decorated exactly as it was a year ago.

“I want to keep this as normal a Christmas as possible for Jack Daylon,” he says. “He deserves that.”

Keith’s voice breaks again, and he pauses before sharing this: “Looking back, Beth was exactly right when she would say about her illness that ‘God’s got this.’ No, it didn’t turn out the way we would have preferred. But in the end, good has come out of it. Beth is with the Lord. And when you think about it, that’s the meaning of Christmas … Jesus being born so that he could die for our sins and provide a pathway to heaven. Because of that, Jack Daylon and I will see Beth again. We’ll see all our loved ones we miss so much.”

Billy Watkins
Billy Watkins

Billy, a lifelong resident of Mississippi, has for 38 years written about the people and places of his home state. A writer and columnist for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson since 1982, he has won more than 40 regional and national awards. The University of Mississippi graduate resides with his family near Jackson.

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