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Death's Haunt

This morning has been quite sobering with the unexpected death of a dear friend and family member.

When someone does everything right, relentlessly gives of their time, talent and resources, are constantly searching for better methods for higher efficiency of generosity...on and on I could go, as that only begins to describe this now passed sister in Christ.

Still yet, just last week, a giant of a leader, one near my age and having just retired, passed suddenly with an aneurysm. Her global network, with relationships to the White House and beyond had so much potential for continued impact post retirement.

Why, why, why? The Word that always comes with the reality of death!

Then there was Andy, a young man near 38, whom I was asked to meet with over lunch by his former CEO, given his emerging leadership and faith journey. We arranged our schedules to have lunch, sat together for over an hour. His final words were "how have we not met before and can we do this again next month."

Just a couple weeks later, we were in the process of securing a time for our next meeting, but it seemed he had gone dark on me. Then I saw his obituary, he had died of a heart attack while running, though he appeared in phenomenal shape when we last met.

In a few minutes, I will get dressed and finish blowing leaves for the widow in the home behind us. A couple whose cooperation in land reconfiguration afforded us the dirt upon which we built our lovely cabin. Her husband, a friend for 17 years passed from a lingering illness in October.

Finally and perhaps the deepest grief came late last evening. I recieved a phone call from a sobbing grandson, who for whatever reason had slipped off to sleep only to be awakened by a nightmare, the thought that I had passed away. He has no idea of the dreams I hold for him!

Not the blog I had intended to write today, but compelled to express the grief I am feeling and the haunt of death for this visionary who is always planning the "next Kingdom initiative," which seldom if not on the front end, certainly in later stages, will involve others, as stated in the subtitle of an earlier book, Alignment and Relationships Accelerate Change!

I have done numerous funerals, aways reading I Corinthians 15:55-58 at the graveside, as a shout of victory!

 "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."

Somehow though today, this visionary is struggling, just as mentioned a couple days ago, I feel like Jeremiah, desiring to hang around until things spoken of for years are manifest. Yet, we have no guarantee.

This place is not my home, but I sure do love the people with whom I cohabit this space and the dreams held for them, some for years in hope!

Let this be a reminder of how precious people are, something easily lost among those called to be change agents! And though death doesn't have the last word, when it happens it haunts!

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My heart is heavy for this family. Thanks for sharing your heart. Just another reminder of how important it is to live each day to its fullest.

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