Marya Sherron

Upon the Death of My Only Brother…

My brother was a dedicated nurse working on the front lines in New York City.  After seeing his first COVID-19 patient, James-Kious would test positive and die 6 days later.  Alone.  

March 27th, 2020

Let me be absolutely clear…

I’ve wrapped up a 2nd day of video interviews, phone conferences, and written statements. My focus and calling were clear: FIGHT. My words and actions are only futile if we as a nation agree to allow others to very literally die around us at such a rate that some will be stored in cooling trailers. When this is over, there will be photos, brave souls will break their silence regardless of the cost, and champions that walked a rugged path from the start will be made clear. I solute the champions.

Let me be absolutely clear…

Kious was not a victim. He served with love. If you needed care…you would get it. He ran toward the on-coming enemy determined to bring survivors back with him. That’s who he was. In time, the truth regarding the lack of PPE in his unit and hospital will come to light. Nevertheless, Kious served.

Let me be absolutely clear…

I am a believer and follower in the one true God and Jesus Christ is my savior. I am not angry…and I do seek understanding. It’s quite clear. Kious will save more lives in his death than he would in his life. Germany, France, Australia…they know his name. Australia is where we were two weeks ago (regarding the spread of COVID 19) and asked me what had to be done to better prepare them? No, Kious was not a victim.

Let me be perfectly clear…

To all of my past Indy students: I have preached about our Lord’s faithfulness. And, O, Faithful He is. The sudden and potentially preventable death of my brother does not change that. Nothing does. James, the brother of Jesus, tells us to pray and believe…not having doubt. Rather to believe when we pray (see James 1:6). Some think that we are to believe in the prayer. That’s not it. We are to believe in our Lord. That means knowing He is who He says He is AND trusting his perfect will. Yes, even when the outcome is not what you wanted.

Let me be absolutely clear…

To my past Madison and Chicago students: I have given lectures, initiated discussions, and taken you through some crazy exercises (If One Fails, We All Fail) with one focus…we are to fight for one another! It would have been very easy to crawl into my comfortable isolation and mourn. That was not an option. Why? Because you matter! Your neighbor matters! And yes, my James-Kious mattered.

Let me be absolutely clear…

“It’s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.” Emiliano Zapata

Kious died on his feet…as will I.

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