The man in the chair is Kevin. I've only known him a few short years, and not deeply at that. The hitchhiker is is his nephew. You can tell almost instantly that Kevin has physical challenges. Yet those troubles and the chair that provides his mobility don't define him. They may have limited him to a great degree, but define him? Not a chance! Kevin would have defined himself as beloved son of God along with being a friend, a man, a very competitive game player, and a loved family member.
You're noticing all the "past tense" use, right? Well what is past tense for Kevin right now are his infirmities and that chair of his. Kevin passed through Earth's gates and into the Presence last week. And he did it a way that so defines him ... visiting family in another city and quietly, in his sleep. Absent from that limited body, present with a limitless God.
So what should the passing of anybody's life say to us? Is the death process, even for Christians, just full of platitudes and shallow comfort? Sure we mourn, but we have to do it differently. And when we celebrate a life, we need to celebrate the person who trusted in Jesus and is now experiencing LIFE live and in person.
And, like the song I've chosen to share below, we celebrate our own "next time" still to come. The Crooked Path has a destination. Kevin is there, and I'm pretty sure he's dancing right now.