Named by both her earthly and her Heavenly Father, her life exemplified the Rose of Sharon. Sharon’s life was not easy, and to outward lookers, some may say it was sad, but you see, to our God, he looks at the heart, and this is where she absolutely Glowed!!!
Sharon blessed many who knew her because of the blessing that was on her life. She was called out even as a teen, and we always knew she was loved by God. This didn’t mean that her life went her way, as quite the contrary, her life’s journey was filled with rejection and pain, and yet she often managed to find joy along the way. The JOY of the Lord was her strength, and she was extraordinarily strong both physically, spiritually, and mentally.
Like Israel, those who blessed Sharon often found themselves blessed. Maybe not in the financial or worldly sense but in the many lessons and wisdom that she shared. Some may have missed them, often dismissing them as childish, as Sharon had a unique way of seeing things in a different light, Like the Bible with its hidden meanings, she took the time to search for the purpose or meaning behind each experience and even wrote two books about her walk with the Lord through her trials and his unfailing love.
Sharon taught many to also search for those hidden meanings and as I consider her life, I continue to see the lessons she taught. One lesson is how we discard and don’t treat properly the things of God, which includes his creation, his commands, and his people. Yes, it’s true that we only have so much time in a day and many obligations, but in remembering some moments with Sharon, I now see my treatment of the Lord. Just to give an example, Sharon came to visit me, and wanted to meet my new neighbor and even told me she wanted too. The opportunity presented itself and even though Sharon stood next to me, I didn’t introduce them. Sharon asked me, why didn’t you introduce me? And I honestly don’t know. It wasn’t that I was embarrassed or ashamed, so perhaps it just wasn’t important to me or because I stay so silent, I just didn’t speak up, not willing to endure discomfort for her, or expecting someone else to do what was my responsibility. Looking at it now, how many times, do we fail to introduce others to Jesus. Not because we are ashamed, but because frankly, it just isn’t a priority for us or we figure they already know or someone else will do it. To know Sharon, was to know that she loved the Lord and she never failed to look for Him or share His love with others.
Lastly, Sharon’s final days served to bring the Bible to life, Prior to her death, Sharon bought a bunch of wine. To be honest, she cleared the shelf (Clearing a shelf was just one of her many superpowers), but I now see she was only preparing for her wedding feast as the bride of Christ. In the beginning stages of her sickness, she said, she just couldn’t feel God and it was as if her whole personality was gone. Isaiah 55:6 says, “Seek the Lord while he may be found”. The truth is, Sharon is no longer with us on earth, we can’t call and talk to her, and those days when she didn’t feel Him scared me, and those days when we couldn’t call and talk to her, was the hardest separation, made even worse to know she couldn’t feel God. Gracefully, Sharon did improve enough to talk on the phone a few days later and confirm that her trust was still in the Lord leaving no doubt that she is now the beautiful bride of Christ, where she is loved and even her wedding homecoming date of 3 September 21 brings significant meaning. You see Sharon was fixated on the Jordan River, running a race and the mountain. She also was fixated on God’s promise to her, and I hope I can accurately relay the Torah Shabbat teaching for 3 September 21 and why that date is significant. Like Moses, I believe Sharon’s had a moment of disobedience that for her meant not getting to cross over the Jordan, but that didn’t mean that God didn’t have an important role for her. Sharon’s job was to lead us to the Jordan and like Moses’ final words, to remind us of the covenant (God’s promises) with us and to encourage us to be courageous and choose life. I believe Sharon finished her earthly race, and while her breathing was tough at the end, I believe it was because she was getting to the top of that Mountain to see the promise land before going to be with the Lord and dwell in the heavenly Palace prepared for her.
I know Sharon’s life was not in vain and her guidance helped in my own spiritual walk. Like her name, she loved Sharing, and unhesitatingly shared her discovery of essential oils and the Messianic Jewish faith, along with calling whenever a good movie was on. She strengthened me for the battle that lies ahead and while, it hurts to see her go, I will go forward, across the Jordan, knowing this battle belongs to the Lord.
In closing, Sharon’s favorite song this last year was “The Blessing”. She is survived by her only son, Travis Moore and wife Tiffany Moore; parents, Donna and William Howell; sisters Melanie Misegades (husband Allen and children, Robert, Robyn, and Matthew), Paula Strickland (wife of deceased Dean Strickland and sons, Jimmy and Brandon), and Lisa Flecha (husband, Luis and children, Desiree and Devin).
To her family and friends, her last words would have been. “May the Lord bless you and keep you, may His face shine upon you, and lift up His countenance upon you, and give you Peace.”
A celebration of the Last Wedding Rehearsal of the Rose of Sharon was held on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Service in Newton.
Condolences may be sent to the Moore family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com
Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Moore family.