THE SNICKERS BAR OBITUARY

IT’S VERY HARD TO LET GO OF A PERSON WHO WAS YOUR BEST FRIEND AFTER THEY PASS AWAY. 

 

IN MY CASE, WHERE DOES A FOURTY-SIX YEAR OLD START WHEN TRYING TO MOVE FORWARD AFTER A FRIENDSHIP THAT STARTED IN THE SEVENTH GRADE? BETTER YET, HOW DOES ANY PERSON START TO MOVE FORWARD AFTER A LOSS LIKE THAT? 

MAYBE MOVING FORWARD IS WHAT I AM TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH HERE.  I GUESS IT’S A PATH EACH ONE OF US MUST MAKE IN OUR OWN WAY AND TIME.  I WISH I KNEW FOR MYSELF BECAUSE IT SEEMS THE OLDER I GET, THE MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS I HAVE.

I GUESS I NEED TO SAY IT OUT LOUD, IF ONLY IN MY MIND.  MY BUDDY JESSE BROWN DIED ON 26 JULY 2019 AND IT HASN’T BEEN A MONTH SINCE HIS FUNERAL. 

I WAS WITH JESSE ALMOST A WHOLE WEEK JUST BEFORE HE PASSED. THOUGH I WASN’T THERE WHEN HE PASSED, IN MY MIND I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD HAVE BEEN. I KNOW HE UNDERSTOOD WHY I HAD TO GO BACK HOME.  AND I KNOW HE KNEW I COULDN’T DO ANYTHING FOR HIM THOSE FEW DAYS BEFORE HE DIED.  BUT IT STILL DOESN’T MAKE IT ANY EASIER.

I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN TO SUM UP HIS LIFE IN JUST A FEW PARAGRAPHS BECAUSE IT WOULDN’T GIVE HIM THE GREAT PICTURE HE DESERVES.  I CAN SAY THIS ABOUT HIM THOUGH.  JESSE LOVED HIS LIFE, HIS FAMILY, HIS FRIENDS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY HIS TWO CHILDREN.  MAYBE HIS LOVE FOR US AND OUR LOVE FOR HIM IS THE BEST LEGACY A MAN COULD EVER HOPE TO ACHIEVE.

WE DON’T USUALLY REALIZE THE GREAT THINGS IN LIFE AS THEY ARE HAPPENING TO US IN REAL TIME.  IT’S ONLY AFTERWARDS THAT WE LEARN THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE CHOICES WE MAKE.  REVELATION 3:20 SAYS “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”   I KNOW JESSE UNDERSTOOD THIS LIKE I DO.  I HAVE PEACE IN KNOWING THAT I WILL SEE HIM AGAIN ONE DAY IN HEAVEN.  WILL YOU BE THERE?  THIS IS YOUR WAKEUP CALL IF YOU HAVEN’T ACCEPTED JESUS IN YOUR HEART.  HE KNOCKS AT YOUR DOOR ALSO.

TO THINK IT ALL STARTED ON MY FIRST DAY OF SEVENTH GRADE AT THE SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELD.  I WAS LEANING ON THE FENCE STARING INTO OBLIVION AND THIS GUY WALKS UP TO ME SMILING.  HE HANDS ME HALF OF HIS SNICKERS BAR AND SAYS HI, MY NAME IS JESSE.  

jesse

“WE EACH OWE A DEATH, THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.  BUT OH GOD, SOMETIMES, THE GREEN MILE SEEMS SO LONG…………………”

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