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In Memory August 26, 2008

Posted by joshuachayne in Uncategorized.
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A few days ago one of my uncles took his own life.  He was a great man.  He was humble, mild mannered, and compassionate.  He was also a deeply spiritual man.  He loved his family dearly and was always very friendly at family gatherings.  He had suffered from seizures all his life and had went through several brain surgeries in recent years.  The brain surgeries impacted his memory and cognition.  His family reported changes in his personality and that he developed severe depression.

I am reminded that life is so precious and fragile.  I recently read that love is not a strong emotion but is a weak emotion because love feels pain and loss deeply.  Love is weak in its strength.  I am also reminded of the classic religious paradox of strength in weakness– the strength of God revealed through human weakness.  It is because of love that we mourn our family and friends.  I find it odd that death reminds us to live.

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