Just days after 12-year-old Taylor Smith passed away unexpectedly from complications with pneumonia, a letter that Taylor wrote to herself is providing ‘comfort’ to her family.
Taylor’s family found the letter while going through some boxes in her bedroom. When Taylor wrote the letter a couple months back, it was meant to be opened 10 years into the future, when she turned 22 years old.
On the front, the letter read: “To be opened by Taylor Smith on April 13, 2023 only unless said otherwise.” The letter continues inside, “Dear Taylor, how’s life? Life is pretty simple 10 years in your past, I know I’m late for you, but I’m writing this early, so congratulations on graduating high school, if you didn’t, go back and keep trying, get that degree … Do you have your own place yet? If we’re in college what are we majoring in? Right now I want to be a lawyer.” The letter goes on with words of wisdom and advice beyond her twelve years.
The last line reads… “Well, I think that’s all, but remember it’s been 10 years since I wrote this. Stuff has happened good and bad, that’s just how life works and you have to go with it.”
Taylor’s father Tim said that “what made her so special was she had the wisdom of an adult but the faith of a child.” Taylor’s father said he has become more aware of his daughter’s impact on people “…things at youth group, things at school, things where she just touched people’s lives in ways that are unbelievable.”
Smith told WJHL-TV that “… many people may question how a family can be at peace with the passing of a precious child. If it’s God’s time, it’s God’s time, and he loved her more than we could ever love her. So much so that he said ‘come on.'” Smith said. “A lot of people are probably wondering why it’s so easy for a father who just lost his daughter to say something like that, to not curse God, to not hate God, the only thing I can say is that right now it’s easy for me to trust God because my baby girl trusted him.”
The 12 year old from Johnson City, Tennessee passed away last Sunday (Jan. 5th)
Hosanna Fellowship Church in Johnson City is accepting donations for Taylor’s memorial fund. Contact the church office at (423) 477-0774.
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