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#237: We Live and We Die

Sunday, February 21, 2010

As humans, it is destined for us to eventually pass on. What was once a living, breathing human being with thoughts, emotions, hopes and aspirations suddenly becomes an inanimate object.

So it was this week with a close acquaintance. Dennis was only 53 and died suddenly in his sleep.

He was more than an associate in the dangerous profession we shared. He was an astute listener, a missionary, a terrific parent and a positive mentor to the young people joining his law enforcement agency.

I learned a lot from Dennis.

I learned that a quiet demeanor and soft-spoken ways are not signs of weakness but signs of inner strength and conviction.

I learned that being in the industry we were in does not need to force us to become jaded and cynical about others. He often prayed for criminals and victims when they asked and fed the homeless out of his pocket.

But it was his faith that impressed me the most. Dennis led a Bible study at his local church and organized mission trips to Haiti and Mexico to fed children and to build churches and schools. He took his 13-year-old daughter with him to Haiti to feed starving families and distribute medicine to rural villages. When his son was 11, Dennis took him to Mexico to help an area devastated by violence.

I learned that life isn't about me or trying to live the American dream, but about serving God and other people.

I learned that believing we each can help solve the world's problems in our own unique way is not a pipe dream, but what should be a way of life.

Yes, I learned a lot from Dennis. Most of all I learned that being a servant of the Lord in an often thankless job and an often thankless world, does not mean becoming bitter or spiteful. but rather becoming a person who puts others first.

Whether rescuing someone from a burning car or helping them get a meal or find warmth on a cold night, that is what he tried to do every day.

Yes, it's true that we live and then we die. It's what's between those two ends that matters. It's the legacy we leave that is important.

Don't you agree?
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  • SPARKLOVE
    Sorry for the loss of this wonderful friend. What was the cause of his death? In Honor of him I am going to post a poem on my blog today "The - ". Hugs, Joy
    4025 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/22/2010 9:10:30 PM
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    Lou, I am so sorry for your loss. And, yes, I agree that it IS what's between birth and death that matters. And we will all answer one day for what we did with that. You and Dennis' family are all in my prayers.
    Gaye
    4025 days ago
  • LINDA25427
    Lou sorry for your loss of a dear friend .He sounds like a wonderful person that lived his life for God and his fellow man . Hugs emoticon emoticon
    4025 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    I am so sorry for your loss, Lou. May God comfort and strengthen you. I know you have many memories that you will recall often. You are in my prayers.
    4025 days ago
  • SPARKROZ
    Sounds like a BEAUTIFUL person!!!! I'm sure his memories will forever be engrained in your heart. Blessings to you.
    4025 days ago
  • SVELTEWARRIOR
    I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. yOUR FRIEND SOUNDS LIKE HE WAS A TRULY WONDERFUL PERSON. THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF HIS TIME HERE.
    4025 days ago
  • BUSSMOM
    What a great memory of what must have been a great friend. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I rejoice that your friend is standing in the joy of heaven. I pray that you and his family and other friends find comfort in Jesus as you all face the coming days.

    -Maribeth
    4025 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    Oh, Lou, your blog touched my heart. What a kind and godly man your friend was! Thank you for the story. Sometimes, real life stories are better than the weekly sermon! emoticon
    4025 days ago
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    I'm so sorry for your loss..He sounds like a great man... emoticon
    4025 days ago
  • THEADMIRAL
    I'm sorry for your loss, but praise God you had and knew such a friend! Thanks for writing about him.
    4025 days ago
  • IAMWINNING
    Lou, I am sorry for the physical loss of your friend. He sounds like a wonderful person, and I know he will be missed a lot by many. He certainly touched a lot of lives in a positive way while he was here.
    Nancy emoticon
    4025 days ago
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    When a person lives such a life as your friend has, it is wonderful to listen to a life well lived.
    I can tell that he will be missed so very much!

    Thank you for sharing this touching memorial. My condolences go out to you.
    4025 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    I'm so glad your life was blessed by Dennis and I'm sorry for your loss. *gentlehugs*
    4025 days ago
  • DANCINGAGAIN
    This made me cry, and want to thank you for writing about your friend and co-worker. I hope that a lot of young fathers get to read what you wrote. What an example!
    4025 days ago
  • TRACY180
    It sounds like you have a lot of good memories. Those memories will be with you always. There may be a fear that you will forget him but you will remember. Our memories just get jogged in unusual ways at times.
    4025 days ago
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