Sunday night October 28, 2012, a costal superstorm warning was in effect for our area. By Monday morning, Millions of people across the mid-Atlantic region were hit with by this devastating storm. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers had been ordered to evacuate. States of emergency declared in NY, NJ and CT. Public transit systems were paralyzed in New York, Washington and Philadelphia as trains and planes were put to a stop. Schools closed and our 1st grade religious education class was canceled. All due to Hurricane Sandy.
However, we were already facing our own storm. In the early morning hours of October 24, 2012, My brother-in-law Ray left for work. Shortly after we received a call. He was in a terrible car accident. I thought to myself; “This could-not be happening,” especially since his daughter was getting married the following week, “How is it possible, that he won’t be here for her wedding?” I felt myself not being able to breath without praying. So many questions for God, with a plea to raise him up, so we could be with him again.
During this time, someone shared with me, something very personal. After listening to their story, my thoughts expanded. I wondered, “What was Ray’s conversation with God before he left this earth?” You see, several years earlier, Ray received a call that his good friend died in a car accident. That’s when Ray himself cried out, “God, why? How? He was so young. What about his boys? His wife? What about me?” It was through this time of his life, that Ray found great peace in God, through the love of His Son our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Could it be, that the ministry that Ray had here on earth, has just blossomed? It seems that way…
What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel… Then God gives it a new body – Just the kind He wants it to have… 1 Corinthians 15:36-38
Ray touched many lives and all who knew him, enjoyed his presence. At the funeral home, the line to pay respects, was several blocks long. Someone passing by asked, “If it was a celebrity who passed away.” Ray is now in the loving arms of our Lord, and with all those who have gone before us. Only God knows, all the lives that have been touched and changed through the love that Ray had for our God and the Love our God has for Ray and each and everyone of us. 🙂
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16-18
PS: As for his daughters wedding, it was absolutely beautiful!