The Beat Goes On

A Biographical Testimony of Steven Eaise

Beloved husband, father, friend and brother

Sunday morning brought the expected news via email, of something the church family at Crossbridge Community Church, knew would come to pass, short of a last hour miracle. Our dear Brother in the Lord and sweet friend Steven Eaise crossed the River Jordan to that City where the Lord is the Light and darkness never can infringe of His Glory.

It was roughly 10:20PM Saturday that Steve found himself in the presence of Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior. His struggles of life here already forgotten, basking in the Glory of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5:8 (TPT)
We live with a joyful confidence, yet at the same time we take delight in the thought of leaving our bodies behind to be at home with the Lord.

This verse is used so often in association with the passing of one of God’s Children.  Steven experienced instantaneous immersion in the Glory of Christ upon his last breath here in this world.

There is so much that I would like to tell you about this dear friend, whom I had the privilege of sharing the Love of the Lord with, but I will try to keep this brief. I do however want to tell you a bit about his love of the Lord, his family, and the extended family he has at Crossbridge.

Steven was not perfect. If you were to suggest that to him, he would bristle a bit and counter you in his quiet manner.  What he was and is to this moment is in love with Jesus Christ.

I had the privilege of sharing some wonderful times with him towards the end, where I sought to provide comfort in the scriptures. While I believe I accomplished that, the blessings that were reflected to me in return, were beyond description.

Proverbs 27:17 (CSB)
Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another.

That’s exactly what we experienced with every meeting we had. Including the ones where, he was so sick that, he could barely move. Despite that he gathered the strength to be in church, sitting in the front, with his wonderful warm smile, worshiping the Lord.

Steven reveled in God’s Word! You could see how it permeated his total being, as a radiance beamed from his eyes.

It was even at those moments, when his wheel chair would roll forward to the front of the church and I stood on the alter with the other members of the praise team, that his smile alone would signal encouragement. I reflected his smile back at him; both of us sharing our mutual adoration to be in God’s presence in God’s house.

Steven was our lead drummer, up till the point where, he was becoming so weak that he couldn’t withstand the rigors of applying his craft on Sunday mornings.

Even after the cancer had stripped him of his strength and forced him to abandon the talent offering he so loved to provide, you still saw him mentoring our young drummer, who stepped up to fill Steve’s shoes behind the drum kit.  Not a drop of bitterness, only seeing to it that God be praised with percussion for our worship services.

These are my personal reflections of a dear friend so what I’m going to share now are strictly from own perspective.

Steven struggled this passing.  It wasn’t that he wasn’t ‘ready’ to meet the Lord. As a matter of fact, he was excited to be leaving this painful world behind and sitting at the feet of Jesus. We talked about this on several occasions.

No, Steven’s struggle was with separation from his family. He was in a state of eager anticipation of being at home with the Lord, but he constantly wanted to prepare more for his absence from his boys and Susie. He wanted to implant the best memories he could. He wished to prepare them for life without him nearby.  He thirsted for giving them the spiritual grounding to assure a successful journey for them, with the Christ he loves.

This wasn’t just some general wish, it was his heart felt desire, for which in reality was pained, because no matter what he was able to do, he felt like needed to be doing more.

This concern for being a light on the path was not limited to his family either.  Despite having an extreme limitation to be out and interacting with the world outside his door at the end he had a deep abiding desire to shine the Light of Jesus to all.

Steven was confidant in his destination. He had established a inseparable bond with Jesus Christ by surrendering his life to Him.  Not just words, but living a relationship with Jesus; tender to his Saviors leading and direction.

Revelation 3:20 (CSB)
See! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

And Jesus responded, by sitting with Steven and bestowing His Grace upon him in abundance.

Jesus did so despite the thorns in Seven’s life, despite the cancer that wracked his body, despite being stripped of all that we would consider such basic accommodation.

Jesus Loves Steven, and Steven Loves Jesus. Today, they share the Glory of the Father in that land beyond the Jordan.

And something else, I can hear the percussion section in Heaven’s Angel band getting some strong backup instrumentation as the beat goes on.

Love you Brother, see you soon!

Blessings,
Kip…

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