Shortly before graduating from my senior year of high school, I experienced my first tragedy: an auto accident took the life of a classmate. Ray was taken from this Earth too soon. I sat next to Ray in Computer Science class that semester and just a few days before. He was a friend. My older brothers and sister were friends with his older brothers and sisters. Our parents were friends and both heavily involved in the
The DOT and the DMV required me (and any individual) to pass a medical exam before I started a commercial driver’s license class. With a heart attack and a stroke under my belt, that was a monumental task in itself, but a doctor eventually gave me the required medical clearance. Next up: Classroom work. I know how to fill my gas tank, add oil, and put air in my car tires. That’s pretty much the extent of
I sat in a chair at the end of Tammy’s bed. She was sleeping and didn’t know I was there to see her. Cancer had systematically taken all the color and freckles out of her skin. Chemo left behind only small and thin traces of her thick flowing red hair in its path of destruction. I held my head in my hands as I saw a beautiful friend reduced to a brittle shell of a physical body. Our Father… Hail Mar
November 19, 2015: “Pete! I have some news to share with you and it’s not good news. Our beautiful friend Tammy was diagnosed on Monday with stage 4 colon cancer… She is terrified but holding steady. Please reach out to her when you can and pray for her and her family. Hopefully we can help her feel hope and loved.” I had not seen, nor talked to Tammy in about 10 years, even though she
PAST I was always restless. I was confused. I was lost. I blindly followed the status quo. I was without spirit. PRESENT I am less agitated. I am of clear mind. I am aware. I am leaving footprints so others may see. I am awake. FUTURE I will be comfortable. I will be alive. I will be a student and a teacher. I will be my purpose. I will be my destiny. THE END (when it comes) I am my soul.