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March 20, 2007


jean crane

Powerful. Thanks for the reminder about the importance of keeping our priorities straight in the middle of this hectic world. How much more will I regret not spending time with the kids or going out with friends, than whether or not I kept all my 'balls perfectly juggled.' And most importantly, how much will I regret not being bold about my faith with my friends who don't know Christ, when the time comes that they face eternity.

Andy Bullock

Welcome to the club. It's not a fun one. I understand.

Mike Erickson

Wow, this experience and the previous post go hand-in-hand. The answer to the question, "Who is paramount in my life," is critical.


I was in the room when Jim's Grandmother took her last breath. I was a little afraid, but it was a celebration to know that she was no longer suffering. Sad to see her go, but exciting as well. I was also in the room at Riley when little Luke Pearl, at 4 years old, was taken off of life support. The lights and the beeps went off, and the only sound in the room was the whimpering of his mother. I will never view anything in this world the way I did before that moment. I learned what really matters, and I learned that I should never ever wait. I think of him almost daily, and I can honestly say that I have a much better grasp on reality than I did before he died. I will remember every detail of that room, that moment, those people. I walked into Riley just a couple of months ago(my nephew was having a birthmark removed). I totally froze up at the doorway and I cried the whole time I was there. This is 5 years later. Absolutely life changing.

Chelsea Ray

Jay is my cousin, and I just wanted to say that you did a very nice job at the funeral services Saturday. It was much more personal and heartfelt than other services I have attended. It was such a hard time for all of us, and I just wanted to say thank you. He will be missed terribly =(


Chelsea, It was my extreme privilege to be able to participate in Jay's funeral service. I am so glad to hear that the message was of comfort to you and your family during this very difficult time. Jay will certainly be missed, and as I mentioned yesterday, this is a wonderful opportunity for each of us to learn from his death and make our lives better for it. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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