Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Serendipity Via a “Resolute Atheist”

About an hour ago, I got a call from a good friend, Ster.  It was not a call I necessarily enjoyed receiving.  You see he called to inform me that he received word he is going to die in three to eighteen months.  Pancreatic cancer.  Damn.

What could I say to Ster in response to his news?  Sorry to hear that.  Shit, Ster, you and the wife just had that beautiful baby girl.  Damn it, Ster, how are you going to handle this?  All of which I said, amongst other things, as we spoke on the phone.

Because this news kinda threw me off what I’m supposed to be working on at the moment, I started clicking around, not in a real interested sort of way, but just kind of stumbling around to see if any thing recently written caught my eye.  Well, something did.

I clicked by Wendy McElroy’s and read this.

A hat tip to David K. for forwarding this inspiring profile of a man who refuses to be a victim of circumstances and, so, instead celebrates them. Even a resolute atheist (like me) can admire such a man of courage.

The inspiring profile she linked to led to a piece in the LA Times on David Scholer, who is a prof at the Fuller Theological Seminary.  The piece is titled ‘Rejoice always’: a lesson in dying and, as Wendy stated, Scholer can be admired for his courage in the face of his current travails.

I hope that Ster can resolutely tap his courage to face the spector which currently is attacking him.

Posted by John Venlet on 06/12 at 01:20 PM
(0) CommentsPermalink