I buried a brother yesterday. His name was Chris.
He was just 41 years old.
Chris wasn’t my biological brother- but a spiritual one.
He was a member of my small group Bible study over the past several years. Each Friday, a small group of us gathered in our neighborhood. We read the Bible, discussed the meaning of God’s word and prayed for one another. We shared our successes, our failures and our fears.
Chris started coming soon after his initial diagnosis. We often talked about his treatment schedule and his numerous trips to the doctor. We often prayed for his treatments and family.
Through it all, Chris was a rock. He wanted to be a good example to his three sons…when life gets tough, you keep going. He kept his job and worked as much as he could. He attended family events and games even when he didn’t feel like it. Once, Chris got home from an extended stay in the hospital- and left for a week at Disneyworld with his family the next day. Chris didn’t miss anything, even when cancer had knocked him down. He just kept punching. He just kept living.
Chris was an example of being fearless even when staring uncertainty and death in the face. He wasn’t afraid.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
What are you afraid of? I’m afraid of failing. Failing my family…my wife, my kids.
What’s it for you? Business? A relationship? Perhaps a fear of being exposed in some aspect of your life?
Chris taught me many lessons, but the biggest was how to face fear. Even in the final days of his life, he had no fear. He was confident in his faith. He had trust in his Heavenly Father. Chris was at peace- and it was incredible to witness.
Please keep the family of Chris Williams in your prayers this week. Pray for his wonderful wife and three young sons.
And pray that those touched by his life can honor Chris by emulating his courage and faith- even in the worst of circumstances.
And as always, let me know how I may pray for you.