Thank you all for coming. I wish I could be here to give each of you a hug or shake your hand. Of course, if I were
able to do that, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And, of course, that is because I have passed from the
world of the dying, where you are and where I was when I wrote this, to the world of the living where God’s glory
shines forever. If you are not sure that you will be there someday also, just know and believe three things: (1)
that God loves you, (2) that you and everyone else have sinned, but (3) that God sent Jesus to live and die in this
world for our sins so that we do not have to die for our sins. If we believe that, and therefore accept Jesus as our
personal Savior, as the one who has died for our sins, then we do not have to die for our sins, and we will see
Christ again in the world of the living where God’s glory shines forever. He has prepared a place for each one of
you; you just need to show up.
Now as you are all here listening, and I have your attention, I need to tell you that I had a wonderful life here. I had
great parents and a great sister and brother. Grade school and high school were wonderful academically,
athletically, and socially—except maybe for that high school mascot, the Cranberry BERRIES! I went to a famous
and fantastic university, and circumnavigated the globe at the young age of 20. I then met Lorrie who unbelievably
agreed to be my wife and continued to so agree for more than 38 years despite many opportunities to leave with
complete justification. Thank you, Lorrie. I had three wonderful sons whom I loved and knew loved me, and have
now turned into three wonderful men. Thank you Trey, Peter and Brian. I had some fun cars and other toys.
Lorrie and I have lived in some great houses, in great neighborhoods and towns, and have met some great
friends. We have traveled many places together and had great times doing so. I was able to run 76 marathons or
ultra marathons between 2000 and 2009, including one in each state and on every continent. I have had several
jobs and have loved every one of them more than the one before. How can it get better?
Well, one way it is better is because of our relationship with each one of you here today. Whether you are here
because of Lorrie, because of me or because of someone else, it is because of a relationship. If it is because of
Lorrie or someone else, they can speak for themselves. If it is because of me, then I need to tell you that have
treasured each of those relationships since they first began, even more so since December 2010—however long or
short, however large or small, whatever the intensity, and whether personal or professional. Each relationship is a
treasure, and I thank you for it. I want to see you all again—although not necessarily soon, for your sake. Just
remember how you can get here. I love you all—more than you know.