Thursday, March 26, 2015

a good man

Every life is a story written with indelible ink on eternity's canvas.  And every life carries great value as every person was fashioned in the image of the Creator.  When a person completes his allotted time on the planet and moves on to the everlasting dimension we reflect on that story and consider that great value.  Rob Seiler was a friend at church.  We sang next to each other often in the choir and Rob had a sweet and clear tenor voice.  He loved to sing to the Lord.  I really don't know a lot about Rob, but what I know speaks of great character.  I know that he was from Baltimore and that he and his wife, Wynelle, moved here to retire only to find out that he would have to continue working in retirement.  And so he worked at a local hardware store until a few years ago, only to find out that he had a terminal illness.  But Rob didn't let his illness prevent him from singing in the choir.  Despite the battle with sickness and fatigue, and the side effects of therapy, Rob stayed with the Chapel Choir and when it came time for our demanding Christmas concerts, he was ready.  He had lost a lot of weight and physical stamina but continued with determination to stand and sing through the two hour programs because of his love for the Lord and for all of us.  I didn't know enough about Rob Seiler, but what I do know challenges me in work, family and worship to keep following that higher calling.  I miss him now.
John 11:35-36
Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, "See how much he loved him!"
with love for my friend,
Rob Smith

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