Thursday, May 28, 2009

In memory of my friend Rod

Today I found out that a very good friend of mine was killed in a car wreck last night. I am still in shock. This is not suppose to happen.
Rod was one of those rare men who was a genuine good guy. He was good, kind, sincere, sweet and always had a smile. Rod and his wife Angie were the most perfect couple I have ever met. When they looked at each other you could see the love and respect they had for each other. It always made me smile.
I met them at Korea Camp a few years ago. They have a biological son Tyler,and their daughter Hailey who they adopted from S. Korea. Every year they would come to camp and after a hug and hello they would ask what they could do to help. Rod built our see saw for camp. The kids love the see saw! Rod and Angie would help whenever and wherever you needed them and always with a smile. Their son Tyler attended camp when he was younger and then became a counselor, a very good one I might add! When Hailey walks into camp you can see the excitement in her eyes!
Today my friend left this earth and went home to his heavenly Father. I am not sure why Rod had to go, but God does.
A couple of hours after I was able to grasp the fact he was gone these thoughts ran through my head.
He left yesterday morning, probably kissed Angie good bye and told his kids "love you, I will see you this evening." All the time smiling that wonderful smile of his not realizing that would be the last time he would see them. Angie probably had plans for dinner and never knew that when she said good bye to him that morning that would be the last time. Planning a funeral for her husband was not the weekend she had planned.Rod was a very careful driver, so the other thought was "if this could happen to him this REALLY could happen to anyone." That quick.
Please say a prayer for Angie, Tyler and Hailey. Their grief is so deep right now.
Rod, thank you for showing me what genuine goodness is. You were the best of the best and you will never be forgotten my friend.

Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.


sally said...

I am just so sad for his family. You did a great job in your description of their family...that is exactly how I see them. We are going to miss him so much. Camp will never be the same.

Starting Out said...

I'm so sad for Angie and the kids. Rod was so kind and uplifting and helpful at camp. They are a wonderful family. My heart is broken for those kids!