I have had a varied career path. I met my future wife, Kimberly, in university where I was studying physiotherapy (physical therapy). After working as a physiotherapist for a few years I became a pedorthist as well and started my own pedorthic practice. When we moved to a new province for Kimberly’s work I sold my practice and went a whole new direction, becoming an online marketing consultant.
I am a single dad. Kimberly and I were married for 12 years before we had kids, then had three in rapid succession. They were 5, 6 and 7 years old when she passed away after a 19 month battle with stage four colon cancer. That was two and a half years ago as I write this, and we all miss her immensely every day. It was during that painful experience that God, by lavishing on us His love and peace and strength and hope… and even joy… became more real to both Kimberly and me than He ever had before.
Knowledge of the truth based on logic and history and theology and fleeting experiences with God was enough to truly believe in Him. Experiencing His inexplicable comfort and peace, and watching my wife and kids experience the same while our world was falling apart, took that belief to a deeper level.
I am far from a perfect follower of Jesus, but though I often fail, He doesn’t give up on me. He is still giving me and the kids the peace and strength and joy that allows us to carry on without our beautiful Kimberly. As followers of Jesus, we have a hope that those who don’t know Him don’t have. The hope that we will be reunited with her again.
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14