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no pain…but gain

Originally posted 10/21/10

Many of you who know me know the struggle we’ve been facing as our good friend Jennifer has been fighting cancer.  (You can read more about it on her blog at http://jennsstory.wordpress.com.  If you’re not already familiar with her blog, I encourage you to go read it.  Now.  I’ll still be here when you get back…)

As a result of her struggle, I wrote the following sonnet a few days before she passed. I’m sharing it here because it helped me process what’s been going on, but mostly I’m sharing it here because it gives me an opportunity to point others to her blog. (See note above.  If you haven’t done so yet, please visit her blog now.  You will not regret it.)


the fear of death is a sense of falling

the dread of emptiness is a bad dream

lonely moods are an echoing canyon

futile thoughts flow in a reflecting stream

vexed with God for His meaningless purpose

angry with sin for its masterful aims

perplexing wonders of this fragile shell

sublime secrets of delicate remains

our bodies are temples, destroyed, rebuilt

our forms of worship, demolished, reborn

today’s faith is the sun gently cresting

tomorrow’s hope, the arrival of morn

healing or passing is life without pain

living or dying is Christ or it’s gain

We will miss you, Jenn.  But as my friend Tom recently reminded me, you now know to be true what we here can only believe.

Grace and peace,



Rico and Eric

Originally posted 9/20/10

My mom sent me this article a few days ago.  It’s worth a read…


The Borjas and Ramirez families were two of MANY families impacted by my mom and dad’s ministry.  This article only scratches the surface of the life-change that has resulted from these two families.  Our hearts and prayers go out to both the Borjas and Ramirez families for the ultimate sacrifice.

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”  John 15:13.

Rico Borjas and Eric Ramirez

though not related, were brothers at heart

“not easily separated” dad says

their lifelong friendship had an early start

tied together at birth by heritage

more in common than not, they grew as friends

each willing to risk all on limb and ledge

life fully lived, not expected to end

there’s something more that perhaps you don’t know

each placed trust in Christ, for His glory lived

God, family, country not just a motto

in that order, they’d say, our lives we give

for that their memories are now enshrined

on Highway 44, memorialized

Thanks Rico and Eric. We honor your memory and bring fame to the Father on your behalf.

Grace and peace,