Tuesday, October 28, 2014

They Will Soar on Wings Like Eagles

Today's post was supposed to be a review of What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. It is the story of Alice, a 39 year old mother of 3, who hits her head and loses the memory of the previous 10 years of her life. It was quite a good book, it made me think about the importance of our memories, and I'd recommend it as a good read.

But I have decided against posting about the book, because when I opened Facebook this morning, I learned that a college classmate of mine was dying. This classmate, Jason Manthe, had been diagnosed about a year earlier with early onset Alzheimer's. A husband and father in his mid-late 30s diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Suddenly my book review didn't seem like the appropriate thing about which to write.

I didn't know Jason well. I can't claim we were close or even friends. We knew each other in the way that people who attend tiny Christian colleges know each other-- via passing greetings and mutual friends. I never hung out with him, never had a deep conversation with him, but I knew him to be a good guy. I know the caliber of people with whom he chose to be friends and that alone says volumes about him.

This evening, his family shared that Jason had passed away.

Tonight, I pray for the family and friends left behind. His wife, his four small children, his parents, sibling, friends, co-workers. The people who truly knew and loved him. He was a man of faith and I have no doubt that while the people here on earth grieve him, he is rejoicing with the Lord.

Please consider donating to the GoFundMe campaign to help support Jason's wife and children and please hold the Manthe family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.

"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31

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