There are some days that you just wish had never happened. Yesterday was one of those days. With no warning, no hint of illness, one of the most honorable men I know went to be with the Lord. There is no doubt in my mind that's where my friend is. But clouding the joy we have for him, is the overpowering grief we feel at his absence. He was someone you could ALWAYS depend on to do the right thing, even if it was a hard thing or an uncomfortable thing.
Some people's passing, it's sad to say, don't make much of a ripple outside their own family. This man's influence was so much bigger than what most of us call family. Our pastor, Dr. T, considered him to be one of his very best friends. Dr. T said of him last night that "no one is irreplaceble, but some places are harder to fill than others." Simmie has left a huge hole in our hearts.