FOCUSED ON LIVING
My friend, Troy Smith, died last night. There were about 50 friends and family in the room, and he left this world with its problems, and its cancer, behind peacefully at 9:45.
Troy was diagnosed with Breast Cancer about two years ago. It recurred mid-2005, and Troy fought the disease valiantly in the months since.
Please pray for Shanna and her kids ... Isaiah, Jonah, and Hannah Grace.
He was a High School Computer Science Teacher and he was able to complete his schedule for the last school year .. even when the going got tough. But, even more important, he was a born-again and sold-out believer who never gave up. Troy was focused on Jesus.
He steadfastly refused to pay any attention to the Doctor's grim prognosis, as he and Shanna have never stopped believing in a God Who can do, and does, miracles. Note to Shanna: don't give up looking for miracles. Those who believe God does miracles, will see miracles.
Troy wasn't in church last Sunday; he took his family to the beach for the weekend; cane, difficult speech, excruciating walk, and all . I did see him the Sunday before, though. He was standing, cane in hand, talking to his Sunday School Teacher, John, who also had a cane. I told them if John would shave his head, I'd go get my cane, and we could be triplets. Troy laughed as heartily as failing lungs would allow.
Too many people die with cancer. For Troy, it wasn't about dying. It was about living.
He did it well.
Auf wiedersehen, friend. I'll see you later.