My Friend, Patrick, Is Now Face-to-Face with Jesus

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.

  1. David, I am SO sorry! We (Nate and I) will be praying for his family and yours as you grieve the loss of this wonderful man that you have so respectfully shared with all of us. Again, I am sorry; it deeply saddens me to hear of your loss.

  2. I can see the love you have for Patrick is as Jonathan and David, a real model of how kindred brothers should love. You both are blessed to have this and know that it is not over!

    I too hate what this fallen world does to people as I see it everyday in my profession. It is only when I meet those whose lives were changed by Jesus that I walk away encouraged by their brave and somehow contented spirits. I don’t understand it but my spirit bears witness with theirs.

    God surely gave us tears to show us our hearts can love others by His grace…that’s a good thing! PRAISE HIM!

    Our hearts go out to you, your family and of course Patrick’s family for their great loss in this life.

    We love you!

  3. My heart is heavy for Patrick’s family as I read your blog today. However thanks is indeed woven all throughout the pain. Patrick impacted me greatly as a model through trials. Your videos of his sermon was humbling yet astoundingly powerful to me. I had gone through some mighty tragedies of late and he quickly snapped me out of my pity mode and showed me just how it looks to suffer while retaining dignity, grace and unwavering faith. I realized I had a lot to work on.His teaching of sovereignty is forever etched in my head, God is on the throne. It was God’s attribute I was most thankful for this thanksgiving at the service.I only made it to Detroit for a day and a half and did not get to meet him, yet his impact on me is forever strong. I am sure that is the truth of anyone that knew him. My prayers are with his family, as his loss is profound, and while they praise God he is with Jesus face to face, they will miss him dearly. Thank you for the gift of introducing us to him. It is inspiring and great leadership to see great women and men in the midst of pain and suffering living out what they teach. The things that you are thankful for, and the things you hate are clear. I echo them also, yet daily need to be reminded of such. Faith is hard sometimes, the world wants us to question it in our darkest times. Amen for the testimony of praising him even before the storms clear, and holding fast even in the driving rain. Patrick was such a testimony. Along with his devoted family and friends. We need to see that. I for one do not need the prosperity gospel; I need to see faith in the rain. I applaud and support your reaching out to those still in the driving rain (such as good news jail ministry, saving grace, advent conspiracy). Thanks for sharing. I am truly sorry for your loss David.

  4. David I am so sorry for your loss I will be keeping you all in my prayers. I know the devastation of losing a close friend
    But I am so happy for your friend Patrick he will never shed another tear, never experience any more pain,or fear or sadness again!!!! But best of all he is being held by our Lord right now and rejoicing….

  5. Dave,
    Thanks for writing this. Giving thanks in all things this is what we are to do even though it is hard.I am also thankful for Dena and Patrick’s faithfulness to our Lord.What a great testimony! My heart aches for Dena, Paige and Parker everyday and I know the only thing I can offer is prayers to our Almighty God on their behalf.

  6. Hey Mandi! Its good to hear from you! I know Brian meant a lot to Patrick! Im sure hes struggling through these days. I wish I could be at the memorial service, but I will be in Israel.

    Keep up the great work in Ohio!!

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