Sometimes, rarely, I find myself at a loss for words. Today I find it even more so, as I struggle to put into words just how I feel about the recent death of my husband’s uncle.
He lived far away, far enough away that I didn’t meet him, even after we were married. I wished I could have met him, but, it wasn’t going to happen, or so I thought, and so life went on. I heard about him here and there, a distant presence everyone else knew, but I did not.
Then he got cancer.
Everyone prayed, hoped, prayed, and begged, and pleaded for his cancer not to take him. He was given a few months, and told he would not survive. And yet, God listened. He became cancer free. He came to visit, and I finally got to meet the missing family member.
I was impressed to say the least. He was a warm, kind, caring man, had a great sense of humor. Most of all though, his faith in Christ was inspiring. At one point, as he was telling stories, a family member brought something up from his past, and his response blew me away. He said that Christ had kept him from going back to that, and that he was a changed man because of his faith in Christ.
No fanfare, no trumpets, no thumping sermon. Just a simple declaration of Christ’s power to heal, to change, to renew.
He felt this way about his whole life. When the cancer came back, he wanted to go home. To be with the ultimate source of all renewal, Jesus Christ.
He is there now, being renewed. We will miss you Dennis. Your simple example of faith rocked the very foundations of my own shaky faith. I saw Christ in you. Thank you.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
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.
Please be praying for his family, his wife, his children, his mother, his siblings. We have all lost a special man. A good man, strong in faith, and a source of inspiration and hope.
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