I really don't know where to begin. Dennis was an exceptional man. He loved the Lord passionately and it was at the heart of how he lived. He was a man of integrity but his motivation was not to be a "good guy" but rather to let others see Christ through him. I think this song is so true of his life.
I shared on Facebook a conversation I had with Dennis after he had been to a brain tumor support group. The discussion that day had been about "bucket lists." Dennis looked at me and said, "I really don't think I will get to heaven and say, Man, I wish I would have..." Heaven was his "bucket list" and he finished it on Monday. In the 32 months that Dennis battled this cancer he looked forward to heaven. I never once heard him complain about having cancer or all that he went through. At one point when he was doing really well he said, "Don't get me wrong, I think I am going to beat this cancer and part of me is really bummed by that." He truly was looking forward to heaven.
The only thing he ever was concerned about was that Brooklyn and I would be OK. He told many of our friends this as they drove him back and forth to his appointments. The day before he died I asked him if he was concerned about us and he shook his head yes. I reassured him we would miss him but we be OK.
Shortly after he had left for heaven, I looked at him and said, "I so wish I could see what you are seeing right now." As I work through the loss of his presence, that is what I am trying to focus on. He is where he longed to be and in the presence of his Savior. Our loss hurts deeply but a reunion awaits for those who love the Lord and I can't wait for that day.
Brooklyn and I have been doing OK. We have been busy these last couple of days. Each night I sleep a little better than I did the night before. I'm sure Friday and Saturday will be both exhausting and encouraging as we celebrate Dennis' life.
I am very unsure about the new normal that will follow but God will be there to lead us into it. He has a plan for what is ahead of us and I know we can trust Him.
|This is one of my favorite pictures of Dennis. We were at the top of Trail Ridge Road in Colorado and he was throwing a snowball at me.|