Cancer took my maternal grandpa at a young 70 years of age (nearly three years younger than my dad is now), as well as several of his brothers, sisters and cousins. It stole my buddies Carl Sullivan and Travis Allen. It continues to try and take away two of my uncles and nearly took a … Continue reading Cancer – A Memorandum to the Beast
My cousin Rick and his wife, Lisa, lost both their teenage sons. My friend Christy lost her son in his early 20s. My friends Mike and Tammy lost their teenage son, leaving my buddy Matt, their older son, lost, without his little brother. My cousin Stacy lost her son when he was 16 years old, … Continue reading Poem For Lost Loved Ones
This morning I’m dreaming about Heaven. I suppose it’s because I’ve had a tough week, and my back and leg pain has been worse than normal. Hey, I know this life is cumbersome, exhausting, overwhelming and infuriating at times, but there is still much beauty to be found, if you look for it. Beyond that, … Continue reading Thinking About Heaven…
Naysayers will scoff when those of us who are followers of Christ say things like, “Jesus understands,” or “Jesus cares.” I get it, man, I honestly do. Don’t you think every Christian at one time or another has wondered, “Is this all real? Am I just fooling myself? What if there is no HEAVEN? What … Continue reading Jesus Felt the Terror of Humanity
Today, somebody, somewhere is commemorating the passing of someone dear to them. They are wiping tears and trying to swallow grief before it swallows them. They are sad and maybe even bitter. For the rest of us, it’s just Wednesday.
One unfortunate result of tragedy and turmoil is the emotional fallout. They spew venom from the pits of their own personal lake of torment, and we get dumped on. Then we turn around and judge this person solely on a single action, such as flipping us off in traffic, or not replying as happily as we felt they should've in the drive-thru. But we can't see the torment their weary eyes have veiled. We are fully unaware of the agony they have endured. They might've felt they were going mad last night, yet, having been awakened by the coming dawn, decided to give life just one more shot.
I've recently became acquainted with a lady whom I’ll call “Kay.” Kay is a tough lady, for sure. She lives in a small house on a small street in a small town. Just one of millions. Pass her at the grocery store and nothing particularly stands out about her. Just one of millions. When you … Continue reading Kay’s Story: “Everyone Deserves A Home”
Being around those who are terminally ill is always awkward for me, but Hollie put people at ease immediately with her goofy sense of humor and her contagious laugh. She was all about laughing through the pain, smiling through the fatigue, pushing herself as long as physically possible, resting a while and then getting up and doing it all over again. We lost Hollie to cancer on Monday, June 19. Rest in peace, my friend. See ya soon.