Part of Me

man alone sitting in chair next to empty chair

The passing of Don has been one of the single most painful events in my life.  I’ve cried more in the last 8 days than I have over a year at a time.  It feels as if I had a part of my body torn away, and this in part is the reality.

Don and I had a history of over 17 years together.  We moved from acquaintances, to friends, to brothers and then to something much closer than blood: members of one Body.  Don was a beloved member of the Body of Christ.  I am not speaking of one who just sat next to me in a pew; I am talking about a body member united in Christ.  He was as close as he could possibly be, for we were knit together in Jesus.  He was part of me and I was part of him.

The reality of this is amazing and completely hopeful.  We were altogether one, and his passing feels as if I suffered a great loss.  The actuality though is that we are still unified in Christ today as much as yesterday.  Neither he nor I have left, we simply don’t have the pleasure of hugs and speaking and sharing meals.  But as a Body, we are not separated at all.  He is still in Christ and so am I.  This brings me tremendous comfort and joy.

I will always love Don and with gratitude I say, “Thank you, Father, for letting us share our journeys together.” We walked together and grew together.  I saw him meet the Father and emerge as a child.  He left this world as one who laid down, not as one who amassed.  The freer he got and more child-like he became, the more natural was his passing from here into the arms of his loving Father.

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    • […] a hole in my life now that Don is gone, and it’s very real.  John beautifully explained that the other day.  I miss Don’s face.  I miss his wry humor and deadpan stares.  He was family in every way […]

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