Friday, November 4, 2011

"Learning How to Die"

(by Jon Foreman) Learning How to Die - Limbs and Branches



Cancer has taken the life of another amazing person. You may remember our family attending the birthday party of a man named Bob. He lost his fight with cancer on Monday, but he is now dancing in heaven. I thought this song was perfect for him, especially considering the birthday speech he gave (there's a video clip on the post that I linked to already, but you'll have to scroll down past my ramblings & such. Surprise, surprise). He closed with these words, "I didn't get saved to be a good guy. I got saved to die great."

I have known very few people who have lived out their faith so vocally and radically. I rank him among men like Keith Green & Rich Mullins: their lives on earth ended way to soon, yet they leave a legacy that continues to bring glory to God. Like Jesus, they can say, "I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do." (John 17:4). Bob may have completed the work God called him to do, but his work goes on in the lives of the people God reached (& will continue to reach) through him.

Because Bob would love it, I'll close with a video he showed my girl when we had dinner at his house one day. He said this was his song:




Amy

3 comments:

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Oh Amy... I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I love how he closed his birthday speech. He sure had it right! How wonderful to live in a way to leave such an amazing legacy. What a gift he was to those that were blessed to know him!

Jen said...

So sorry for your loss, Amy. He sounds like an amazing person. What a special gift to leave behind a legacy after you're gone. He must definitely be dancing in heaven right now!

Messy Mom said...

When you had your grateful post I wasn't sure what that all meant. From that one line and I didn't realize that you really did mean rest in peace literary, sorry if I seemed insensitive with my comment :(

That quote from the end of his speech is one of the most poignant truths I have ever heard. Very well said. I pray blessing over his family and loved ones during this time.