Robert H. "Bob" Sekora, spoke just before Rev. Ankrum.
We put his words here rather than
on the page with Rev.
Ankrum's words to keep the emphasis there on the kind of person
Aaron was and how
Rev. Ankrum's comments focused on Aaron's
illness that led to his death. However, we wanted Bob's words to be displayed in their entirety.
Tribute to Aaron from Dad
my mothers funeral service I spoke. About half way through I
began to loss it. I paused and said three words to myself
that helped me continue. They were "HELP ME MOM." Later, Dad
said I don’t know how you could do that and I said I had
help, Mom was with me. It’s hard to say goodbye to a mother
you loved but to say good by to your son is beyond belief. I
knew that I would have a difficult time doing this but I
knew that it’s what I had to do and that Aaron would want me
to. So to make it, once again, I asked Mom for help and I
asked Aaron for guidance. But to be safe I ask God to be
back up. So if I falter then pause It’s because I’m asking
my team for help. But with a team of Mom, Aaron and God I’ll
Curtis Sekora, those of us who knew Aaron could not help but
love him. We will all miss him and grieve his passing, but
today we will celebrate his life. For today, is Aaron’s day.
to start with I
would like to tell you about a boy from Atlanta named Ricky.
When Aaron was about fourteen he went on a mission trip with
the church youth group to Atlanta. They were to spend a week
with some children of Atlanta and work in the soup kitchen.
When they meet the children Aaron noticed that they had
their papers displayed and that they all had gold stars on
them for doing so well. That is, all but Ricky; Ricky had no
gold stars. The teachers told Aaron that no one could reach
Ricky to help him. Aaron was drawn to Ricky like a magnet.
So for the week, when he wasn’t working the soup kitchen he
was with Ricky. By the end of the week Ricky was one happy
boy because all his papers had gold stars. Now that’s a neat
story. But, that’s not the end of the story. When Aaron went
to say goodbye to Ricky, Aaron gave Ricky his watch to
remember him by. When Aaron came home I asked him why did he
give his watch away and Aaron said “because Ricky didn’t
have one.” Fourteen years old!
there was the time in Washington DC where there was a boy whose name I can’t remember, so let us call him Johnny.
Johnny had more serious problems. Johnny could not or would
not speak. No teacher or counselor could get Johnny to
speak. But, just like Ricky, Aaron was drawn to Johnny like a
magnet. Aaron began to draw and the teachers and counselor
noticed that Johnny took a interest in what Aaron was doing.
When they stopped back later to see how the two were doing
they were amazed when they saw Johnny drawing. When they
stopped back again they could not believe there eyes or ears
because Johnny was now speaking. In the time of Christ this
would have been seen as a miracle.
was truly gifted , he could reach out to children when no
one else could. This was a gift from God. You could not
learn it in any class at any university or from any books,
it was a true gift. Aaron could teach and heal the minds of
children like no other and he had no great desire for
material things. He was happy to have a roof over his head
and something to eat.
of his sayings is: “What if everyone swore a vow of
many of us think we are following the teachings of Christ
and or Buddha, Aaron truly lived their teachings and he
tried to follow in their foot steps.
is through Aaron that I find peace and strength and it is
through one of the gospels. No don’t look in your Bible you
wouldn’t find it there. Back in the fourth century when the
Church fathers were deciding what gospels to include in the
Bible they decided to omit the one I consider the most
important. It is a collection of the sayings of Christ, his
is easy to see why the Church fathers had a problem with the
Gospel of Thomas when you read the first Parable. Which is:
of you who can interpret these sayings will not taste
the Church fathers had a problem, they probably could not
interpret the sayings.
ago when I first read the Gospel of Thomas I saw it for what
it was and that is a two thousand year old challenge from
Christ. So I accepted Christ’s challenge and set out to
Interpret his parables. So over the years I have been able
to interpret some of Christ Parables.
of you who can interpret these sayings will not taste
first part deals with Christ teachings to his followers to
and to become an enlightened one like him and like Buddha
before. For it would take an enlighten one to interpret
second part “they will not taste death” now this one is
easy. It has nothing to do with death but every thing to do
with reincarnation. For those that are reincarnated will
once again experience the pain and suffering of birth, life
and death. One of the teachings of Christ. And yes it is in
your Bible if you know how to look “ those of you with ears
let him hear.”
Parable was about the old fisherman who cast out his net and
when he pulled it in had many small fish and a couple large
ones. The fisherman took the large fish and cast the small
ones back. This one was not to hard to interpret. The large
fish represents the enlightened ones, those that are elevated
to a higher plane in heaven and the small ones are the ones
that are reincarnated, they are cast back to try again.
of the followers asked Christ, who will be chosen and Christ
said, “One in a thousand, two in ten thousand.” The odds
don’t seem to good. But, Aaron did seek much knowledge
engineering, fine art in every media, physics, teaching,
healing, psychology, philosophy and on and on and on. In
addition he lived his life through the teachings Christ and
Buddha. So I know that Aaron is one in a thousand two in ten
thousand. Aaron is an enlightened one who is now on a high
plane in Heaven.
that is not the end of the story. Although all the small
fish are cast back and reincarnated the large fish, the
enlightened ones, can at their choosing stay at a high plane
in heaven or return to help others reach their goals.
Knowing Aaron, as I do, he has already gone to God and said
"you got to send me back, there is so much to do there is
just so much to do".
heart is a void!!!
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