Today we say an unexpected good bye. To a man who needed few words. Though he didn’t speak much, when he did, they impacted many. We say good bye to a man who was a rock for many. A man who was so capable of showing love by simply giving a smile your way. His compassion for others not measurable. How do I know these things of a man I’ve only spoken to a handful of times?  Because I saw it in his actions. I hear it in the words others have shared of him. The stories friends have shared.

As we look back, I see a missed opportunity on my end. The chance to know and learn from a wise man. So many times I walked passed him at church we’d exchange a smile, an acknowledgement of the other.

Barry, although we didn’t speak often, the impact you have made on my life has been more than you’ll know. You’re impact on those around you is greater than anyone can even explain. Even to those to whom you didn’t speak. We will realize many times over at exactly what you’re passing will change in our lives.

Our comfort is this: knowing you are out of pain. Even more, knowing you are sitting in Glory just waiting for those you love to join you. 

Barry, you were a great man. You will be missed by many.

A little rest

With this being the week of Christmas, and the fact I’m still trying to recover from not getting a whole lot of sleep this weekend, I think I’m going to be taking a short break from writing…I’ll probably be back next week, if not then, DEFINITELY by the 1st…after-all, I have want to remind everyone of a wonderful website that starts up on the first.

So, over the next week or so, don’t feel like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth. I will still be reading blogs, I just won’t be writing any new posts. I don’t necessarily want to do this, but I feel that I need to do this.

With this being one of the (if not the) last post of 2011, I wanted to leave you with links back to my favorite posts from this year.

  1. Insight
  2. Faith or Superstition
  3. Honesty
  4. Alarm clocks/church
  5. Caring
  6. Out of Focus
  7. Childlike
  8. To My Core
  9. I Love My Daddy
  10. My Fear
  11. Feedback Please
  12. Language Check Please

As I see comments come in, I will respond, maybe not quickly, but I promise, I’ll keep the trend I’ve started with responding back to the comments I receive. So I love YOU and wish you nothing but the happiest, merriest Christmas celebrations you’ve ever had. Don’t forget to spend some time reflecting on the real reason we’re able to even celebrate.