On The 6th Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me – Six Geese A-laying

In Loving Memory of Tim Getka

They don’t think twice about leaving our family members, who have a brain illness, homeless.  Actually, they will provide a bus pass from the psychiatric units to the homeless shelters! Homeless shelters usually only allow a person to be housed for the evening not the daytime. When you file a missing person’s report, there is sadly no urgency by the police, in your time of crisis, to look for a person with a brain illness…

Gen 1:1-5
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was[a] on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

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My most heartbreaking memory of Tim was seeing him waiting for me to take him to the hospital, holding his bag of medications in midair, like a young child on his way to school with his lunch. His sweatpants were hiked up over his t-shirt. He suffered the nightmare of schizophrenia, both the illness & society’s cruel indifference, with the grace & dignity that I can only understand as Godsent, a gift.

I’m grateful my parents were spared his death. When he went missing last June, 2015, everyone was notified but did not respond with any sense of urgency.  He walked for 2 hours trying to get home. As much as I’ve pieced his last day together myself, he suffered a heat stroke or cardiac event, fell into a ravine & drowned.  A neighbor’s 9 yr old daughter found his decomposing remains on a Thursday, 4 days later. He had to be cremated as he wasn’t able to be embalmed.  My parents left a paid funeral service for him, half of which couldn’t be used. I donated the rest to his high school, Mt St Joe’s & college, Loyola University in Baltimore for their Counseling Centers. The money would have gone to the state otherwise.  He loved his school years. Tim wanted to be a history teacher. He was the kindest person I’ve ever known. Thanks for thinking of him. The photo was from last Christmas, 2014.

Susan Getka, sister of Tim

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*Six Geese A-laying
The six days of creation that confesses God as Creator and Sustainer of the world (Genesis 1).
In many cultures, EGGS symbolize new life. 6 geese laying eggs become reminders of the six days of creation when God, by His Word, brought forth life on earth.
Genesis 1:1
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” 31 “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
Not only did God create this world, but He also SUSTAINS it—
Webster’s Dictionary defines “sustain” as—
“to hold up and keep from falling”
The CREATIVE HAND OF GOD hung the sun, moon, & stars in the heavens—
…and He Placed the Earth in position and said, “STAY THERE!”
Jude 24
“(God)… is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy…”
Gen 1:1-5
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was[a] on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.