I have been a bit away from the computer these last couple of days and only heard of Michael Spencer's graduation this afternoon. Indeed, a fellow pastor who is aware of my own limited prospects encouraged me to think of my remaining days as preparation for graduation. It is a time when the graduate leaves home to the next phase of their life. For who are left behind, we feel the keen sense of loss in saying goodbye to them and are sometimes overwhelemed with sadness and sorrow. The graduate himself or herself will feel great sadness at leaving but anticipation at where the are going.
I may share more thoughts in coming days but indeed Michael has graduated and now sees the one he loved the most, face to face. I rejoice that he sees Jesus and is unimpeded with and freed from the terrible diseases of the fall that caused him such pain over these last months.
For now, and I hope that maybe Denise Spencer or one of the kids might see this post, I just want to state my sincere love for Michael and appreciation for his many challenges to me and all those who read him. We tangled a few times over some issues but we tangled as colleagues in a similar pursuit of Jesus. All in all, Michael always succeeded in what he sought ought to do - to make much of Jesus. I am very glad I was able interact with him about these matters on a number of occasions. I'm glad that Michael sees who those of us who are left can only see from a distance and write about.
And he paves the way for several of us who will, unless God intervenes in a different direction, join him very soon. I hope that we who are soon to be with Michael in the presence of Jesus will finish our callings well. And I do pray that Denise and the kids will see, hear and feel the immense love that so many of us had for your beloved and that you are well cared for in these days and feel the love that is pouring in from all over for your family.