The Funeral of a Friend – Troy

I went to the funeral of a friend and a brother in Christ today.  There were many in attendance to celebrate a life well spent.  Many stood up to share, but time would not allow all of us to do so.

Therefore, I would like to share a Troy moment here.

As mentioned by so many today, Troy touched many lives.  Those in attendance were people who have lived life.  Each of us could “see” the scars of life etched on our faces. Many of us have lived enough of life to have made tragic mistakes, experienced hardships, addictions, broken marriages and whatever else has been thrown at us, due to our own choices or through no fault of our own.  Troy was there for many of us that have lived life.

Yet, I would like to share this memory with you.  I first met Troy at the birthday of my oldest granddaughter. During my granddaughter’s special day, I saw a man with the tenderness of Christ.

“And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.”— Mark 10:13-16

That day, Troy was quick with a smile and a hug and more importantly, he knelt down, and with Christ’s compassion, “entered” my granddaughter’s world. Since that first birthday celebration in 2010, Troy always made the time to share in the celebrations of life for both of my granddaughters.  Whenever I think of Troy, I will reflect on that… to me, those celebrations were a picture of how Christ entered our realm to make the ultimate sacrifice for those who choose to follow Him.

“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”—1 John 3:16-18

“and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.”—James 2:23

Thank you Troy and Jessie for entering our life and sharing a bit of yourself.