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Topic: GRADUATE (08/01/19)
- TITLE: Well Done
By Joy Bach
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He did it all with a huge grin on his face.
We traveled through Europe by train for a month with a backpack bouncing on our backs. We walked on a glacier in the ice fields of Canada and lived on a paddleboat for a week as we wound our way up the Mississippi. Boston became a favorite place to visit and we loved San Antonio.
He lived a full life.
He had many passions. It’s hard to understand how making teeth could be one. It filled him with delight to give someone a beautiful smile. And, of course, he had to stay on the cutting edge of technology; iPads, iPhones and Smart TV with 3D capability.
But he loved people.
He became a part of what he called his “Starbucks Gang”. When he was too weak to travel to Starbucks, they came to him, telling their tales and bringing a smile to his face. And one special angel just lived at our house, soothing him by the hour. His motorcycle buddies were very special to him. More smiles when they were together. Neighbors brought food. Friends from church gathered round to support him on his journey, some becoming nursemaid and caretaker.
It took a village and we had one.
When the word cancer entered our world, it began to destroy his body, but could not touch his spirit. His desire was that his cancer journey not be wasted; that others would see Jesus shining through. He gave his treatment and outcome to God. Thankfully he had a gentle, caring doctor to be by his side as he traveled, Dr. Jose Ness.
He didn’t quite make it to his anniversary, 35 years of marriage on June 1st. He graduated from this earthly school on May 26th. His three-year cancer journey was complete. His graduation party was held on June 6th.
He heard those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
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