Goodbye Robbie

Friday, May 24, 2013

My dear friend Robbie died last night. Amy and two children are left behind. It was some hard news to take, but he has had major illnesses for about 8 years. Kidney failure had him on dialysis 2 times a week and they initially refused to put him on the transplant list because of his weight. He had gastric bypass and lost well over 100 pounds getting him n the weight range, but then he had side effects from gastric bypass cause other problems.

Long story short....he never recovered fully and ended up having multi organ failure and went into a coma yesterday. He died during the night.

This scripture has consoled me today:
But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I'll probably never fully understand. We're not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it's over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we'll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true: Death swallowed by triumphant Life! Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who's afraid of you now? It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God! (1 Corinthians 15:51-57 MSG)
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