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The Composer's notes on "Talita Kumi"

"Tiki's Song"

On Monday, September 1, 2008, our precious little Shih Tzu, Tikva (Tiki), died of congestive heart failure. Tikva is the Hebrew word for "hope." She came to us at a special time in our lives and we always knew that she was a special gift, a sign of hope, from God to us. She was only ten weeks old when we brought her home and was fifteen years old when she died. Our friend and veterinarian, Marcia, had been telling me for the last few visits that only prayer was keeping her alive. She died in Kenny's arms, which was most appropriate because when she was afraid, she always wanted him to hold her. You may say, "Well, that's just a dog." She wasn't just a dog to us. She was a member of our family. She only weighed about twelve pounds and I carried her around, hugging and kissing her every day for fifteen years.

On Wednesday morning after she died, a dear friend of ours was having his usual morning devotion, when all of a sudden uncontrollable tears began to flow as he began praying for us. Everyone knew how much we loved Tiki. The Lord then gave him a vision. The following is his account of that vision:

    His heart began to break as he saw us in days past playing with Tiki; laughing, running, jumping, etc. Time raced forward, and he saw Tiki stumble and lose her balance. He saw her taking her last breath in my husband's arms, and he was there when the Lord took Tiki's lifeless body from Kenny and ever so gently laid her down, stepped back and said to her, "Talita Kumi Talita." Talita Kumi means "Little girl, get up." He then heard the Lord say "Come on Tikva." At the Lord's command Tiki got up and took a few steps like she was going to go play, but then abruptly sat down facing the other way, looking and waiting. My friend said that he heard Jesus say, "Tiki, your mommy, daddy and all of your friends who know and love you will be here soon . . . soon." He then sensed music. It was the song, "Soon and Very Soon." Looking up, he didn't know what he would see, but there was nothing. Looking back for the Lord and Tiki, they were gone also. The vision had lasted for hours, but had seemed like only minutes to him.

Tiki had such an impact on our lives that I wanted to write something in memory of her. I chose not to write a song about her life, but to honor her life by writing about the account given in the book of Mark, Chapter 5. Here we read that Jesus spoke to the little girl who had died saying, "Talita Kumi." At His command the child got up and, to the astonishment of everyone, began walking around. (Mark 5:41) I have named the song "Talita Kumi," but I also call it "Tiki's Song."

To some it might seem strange to do this for a dog, but I believe if the Lord loved us so much that He would go to all of the trouble to give our friend a heavenly vision so that we could have a picture in our mind of what happened to Tiki after she died, it was to bring us comfort. Thus, we receive it and we are greatly comforted. Tiki is a picture of unquestionable and unfathomable (immeasurable) trust, innocence and love (this is the way the Lord wants us to be toward Him). She completed her purpose here and left her mark forever upon our lives. We miss her, but we are so thankful that she passed by our way. Someday we may get another little dog to love, but we know that we have had the best, and "you never get any better than the best." We won't measure love because we have plenty to go around, but we will never forget Tiki.

I want to thank our dear friend for being a vessel that the Lord could use to bring us such comfort. He will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Jorene Garrison


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