Friday, April 4, 2008

My Heart is Heavy

My sweet friend Paige called last night and let me know Hank Murphy had passed away. If you didn't know Hank, you missed out. Hank went to the doctor a couple of years ago because all of a sudden he'd lost a ton of weight. And he found out he had cancer. It had started as melanoma that went to his liver. They gave him 6 months to a year.

Biggs and I met Hank and his family shortly after that. His beautiful daughter, Lauren, was in Abbie's class at church. I thought a lot of Hank.

He was one of those people who, even in the face of cancer, had a wonderful spirit about him. Quick to smile, quick to give a hug, quick to share. There's no way to quantify what Hank accomplished for God's Kingdom during his illness. He shared God's love with everyone -- doctors, nurses, you name it.

Paige and I agreed -- this is one of those times when it's hard to be away. When you think of the people you love who are hurting and you just want to be there for them. I think of precious Ron Anders. Ron loved Hank. They had worked together on the "golf ministry," and when Ron learned of Hanks illness it hurt him deeply. Ron would take Hank to his appointments and keep him company along the way.

So, yes. My heart is heavy today. Especially for Hank's family. Especially for Lauren.

But for Hank, I couldn't be happier. Because there's not a doubt in my mind that he's with Jesus today. And that makes all the difference.

We'll miss you, Hank.

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