I am so shocked this week by the deaths of two good men in their 50’s. One, Michael Spencer, I only knew through his writing although we did happen to correspond a couple of times. His essays were very, very helpful to me; he often wrote out the very same turmoil about the typical evangelical takes on things that I was experiencing but which I didn’t know it was ok to say out loud.
The other man I knew in life, through my old church. Another good man of strong beliefs – I didn’t share all his strong beliefs and opinions but I admired how he worked at living a life that reflected his beliefs. While Michael had a few short months to adjust to his diagnosis of cancer, this other man had a sudden, fatal heart attack. What a terrible shock his family and close friends must be experiencing.
I thank God for their lives and pray their wives and children and friends will be comforted in the days, weeks, and years ahead.