When your kids marry, families are joined and embraced. When our son married, his new wife brought with her a fantastic family, loving and very caring of one another and of the world. Key among them was her stepfather, Tim James.
Last night, Tim collapsed and died in his driveway. It is a stunning shock to all of us. He was only 48.
To tell you how good a man Tim was, he was a Christian in the best sense. In other words, he quietly tried to live a life of service to humanity as he understood the meaning. He was ordained in his church just a few months ago, along with his wife. He served on missions to Uganda, but in extensive talks with him, he understood the necessity of accepting their culture and of not turning them into dependent welfare recipients. They were teaching the people sustainable agriculture methods and I think working with them on sanitation practices. He would travel there every few weeks.
We as a family are stunned and gather in close embrace, our only way to deal with this sad event. The man will be truly missed. But, I have to think that his God is welcoming him and telling him, “Well, done!”