I am shaken and saddened today by the news that a friend -- a man my age -- lost his life in a car accident last night.
For his gentle, kind spirit, for his humble joy in sharing his amazing culinary skills with the rest of us, and for his honest-but-persistent clinging to Christ, he will be greatly missed.
It was those first two thoughts that came first to mind as I thought about him this morning. But it is for that last thought that I am thanking God for his life right now. He sometimes struggled to find his place in community, but he never quit seeking and he never quit serving. He wandered but was brought back. He had questions, but he didn't stop asking. In all this I know that he clung to Christ because Christ clung to him first.
Friend, Christ loves you so, so much. I'm thankful that you now live that reality by sight and not just by faith.