So I have this friend.
Michael and I were in a worship band together at our former church. He plays guitar and a little piano, and he has a great voice. He's around ten years younger than I am, and he has a family that includes two teenagers. Michael has a great smile, and a great love for the Lord.
He also has terminal cancer.
It's hard to think of someone having cancer, and harder still when it's someone you know and love. Before everyone knew how far the cancer had spread, it was easy to be encouraging to my friend. But after the surgery, when they found that it had spread too far and wide, it was tough.
What do you say to someone in this situation? How can you express what you truly feel about them without mentioning their impending death?
I have told him how much he meant to me, and still does. I told him he is loved. I told him I pray for him and his family. I offered any help I could.
And although I know it's uncomfortable, I would like to tell him how much he will be missed.
Tough times for my friend. Very tough.
Please keep him and his family in your prayers.