Have you ever had a friend in your life of the opposite sex who has become like a brother or a sister to you?
I have had a couple of guys in my life who I would call “brother” more than my own blood brothers which is very sad, but there it is — the truth.
Today, the only guy that has felt like a brother to me for the last 13 years passed away very quickly from liver cancer. Very quickly since he just found out he had it a couple of months ago. But thankfully, my husband and I and our two kids went to see him and his wife, my dear friend, Jackie, after church last Sunday. I am so thankful we did. I could tell he was bad off, but I honestly didn’t think the Lord would take him home this quickly.
It was hard to hear my friend, Jackie, cry on the phone today. She rarely ever has anything to cry about. She has always been a strong woman, one of those people who can let most difficulties roll off her back quickly. That’s something I’ve always admired about her. But the amazing thing was how she talked about all the wonderful things God did in the last few days. She was with her husband to the very end. And fortunately, when she called our Pastor, he arrived at their home just in time to be with her when Rick went home to glory.
Anyway, Rick was only 63. Sometimes we don’t understand God’s plan or why He allows some to get sick and go so quick or just have an illness that drags on and on. But all I know is I have learned that God always knows best. He loves us unconditionally and is there for whatever we can’t handle. When we are weak, He is strong. I have experienced this many times in my own life. He is full of grace and mercy.
I don’t think it has fully hit me yet, though, because I haven’t cried much yet. I know Rick is in the arms of his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and that is my comfort. That in and of itself makes me so happy for him.
I love you, Jackie. I love you, too, Rick. Rest in peace, my brother.
Posted on April 11, 2014, in Art Talk. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.
I’m so sorry for your great loss.
Thank you. He will definitely be missed. He had a certain way of singing in church when we’re doing our congregational singing together, and last Sunday I lost it just thinking about missing him singing.
I heard the news this morning! I have had them in my prayers. God holds him in his arms tonight just as he holds those who loved him.
Yes, He does, Becky. I believe the memorial is planned for May 2nd at 11:30 at the Grange.
I likes this because I know how that feels. I had a childhood make friend die in his sleep from a heart attack. It shocked me and my family! He hung out with is when we were kids. His parents both died and he didn’t have family.
I was alright till one day after the memorial it did hit me but what I remembered most was how Charlie was always looking for God! Here and there and never stopped to realized God was with us no matter where ever we go!
I love this post and yes I know how you feel! Thank you for sharing this. My prayer for you is that God continue to show you more and more deeper things of him. He is always near the broken hearted! Hugs and love to you in this time of loss! 😄
You’re welcome, and I am sorry for your loss as well. The sudden loss is harder for me. I think it is easier to know it is coming soon, you know what I mean? My heart just hurts for my best friend, Jackie, his wife. But yes, God is always close to the broken hearted. Hugs to you, too, Michelle! 🙂
This is so so true and I think with time we get more clarity on these things in our lives at least I think we do.
🙂 Hugs to you!