Last night my friend, Patrick, went home. It was just after 10:00 PM.
For these things I'm thankful:
- I'm thankful that he fought the good fight, finished the course, and kept the faith.
- I'm thankful that the crown of righteousness is now his.
- I'm thankful that he died well (never angry or pointing fingers)
- I'm thankful that I was his friend and he impacted me in ways most will never realize.
- I'm thankful for his wife who loved him as a wife should love a suffering spouse.
- I'm thankful for his brother-in-law, Tim, who modeled for me how I want to live if someone I love is facing something like this.
- I'm thankful that the faith Patrick taught and lived all of those years is now sight.
- I'm thankful that although I mourn – I mourn with inexplicable hope and joy. For I will see him one day.
Through it all, I think I only hate this one thing: that we live in a fallen world where bodies break down, disease destroys, godly people suffer, and godly spouses suffer too.
Today is filled with sadness, but I'm so happy for Patrick. Many of you have followed his story. Thanks for your support of Patrick, Dena and the kids. And thank you for your prayers.
This photo was taken when I spoke at a conference where Patrick was being honored this fall.
Dena, his wife, is on the left. Tim, Dena's brother, is in the middle.
I grew up with Tim & Dena and ask you to pray for them (and Dena's children, Paige and Parker) as the sadness and suffering will be long and difficult.