Bill was a very smart guy and good counselor and friend, and he was zealous for the things of God.
A year ago on her birthday, Martha (my wife) received the official diagnosis of breast cancer, with good hope for recovery. She relayed the hopeful prognosis to friends as “good news.” Bill responded as follows.
“‘If it is for this world only that we have hope, we are of all men most to be pitied’. Sorry that in this fallen world it counts as good news that in order to live to a normal age we seem to have to let go of our minds and bodies bit by bit. May the Lord maintain your joy and sense of humor through the un-fun stuff ahead.”
Bill’s hope in this fallen world is ended. His eternal hope that makes it all worthwhile lies ready to be fulfilled. But back in this world, we will miss him.
Well done, good and faithful servant.