Today, a hero died…

by Janice

This morning, one of my heroes died.

You wouldn’t know him. He wasn’t famous or wealthy. He was a quiet, loving family man who was devoted to God, his wife and his children.

For decades, he had looked after his wife who suffered with Multiple Sclerosis. Now, without her rock, her best friend and her tender caregiver, I honestly don’t know how she will bear to go on.

My dear friends are now without a father, a father-in-law and a grandfather for their children. They will bring their mother into their home. They will try to heal, but there will forever be a gaping hole in their lives.

Life is so terribly fragile and temporary. It is one more reminder to not be tied to this earth. It will all pass away before your eyes.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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1 Kattia July 27, 2009 at 8:42 pm

So sorry to hear about your hero. My prayers are with the family of this dear friend. Life is indeed fleeting , hopefully we can live it purposefully touching others as we pass this way. Then our living will not be in vain. I believe your friend lived such a life


2 Carrie July 27, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Prayers going out for his family and all who loved him.


3 Miranda July 27, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. What a beautiful post to honor such a special person. I will praying for you and for the family. Thanks for the reminder of what is truly important. Blessings!


4 TC July 27, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Sorry to hear that. Death is always a challenging experience. We must think about the life and times we shared with those people who pass on and focus on the positive aspect of living. I wish his wife all the best and know that it will be hard for her. All the best to you and the family.


5 AmyG July 27, 2009 at 9:20 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss!!


6 Heather July 27, 2009 at 9:24 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with his family. Their loss is Heaven’s gain!


7 Muthering Heights July 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I’m SO sorry for your loss…


8 Sharon July 27, 2009 at 11:01 pm

I am very sorry for your loss.
Hugs & prayers!


9 Chris July 28, 2009 at 9:06 am

So sorry about your friend and his family’s loss. It isn’t easy to let the Lord take home someone we love and depend on. And thanks for sharing that verse. It was a good reminder for today.


10 Stephanie July 29, 2009 at 1:22 am

Most of the world’s most compassionate, intelligent, and world-changing people are not “celebrities’” anyway. My heroes certainly aren’t.

I’m so sorry for your loss.


11 Adventures In Babywearing July 31, 2009 at 5:04 pm

I am so so sorry to hear this. Many hugs.



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