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from the West Wing

As I sit down to write my blog article today, it is with many mixed emotions. On one hand, it is good to be back in school after the Christmas holidays and see all the kids again. Fairview is such a wonderful place to be, and it’s always good to be back into a routine. On the other hand, I received news on Monday that my college roommate’s husband had passed away. What hard news to hear and process. It reminds me of the ups and downs, ebb and flow experience that we all share called life.

Please allow me to share with you part of the story of my roommate’s husband and my friend Bob. Bob was a teacher and spent most of his career teaching high school band. Bob has an incredible sense of humor and always made me laugh. As I have read posts on his Facebook page over the years, it has often been filled with comments from former students telling how much he had meant to them, how he had inspired each one, and often how he had made them laugh. It was obvious that he was well liked and the true embodiment of what it means to be a teacher. Since his passing Monday afternoon, Facebook has been filled with so many more positive comments about this wonderful man.

Bob was diagnosed with cancer several years ago. He battled this terrible disease for these many years always with a positive attitude, always with humor. However, more importantly, he always shared his faith in God with those around him. He made sure, without a shadow of a doubt, that others knew the he loved and served God with his entire being. One of the posts that I read put his experience this way: “For the past couple of years Bob has been battling cancer, and today he won that battle.” When I read that it took my breath away. The post went on

; “Some might say that he lost, but I am confident that he won. The Apostle Paul said in the waning days of his life that for him ‘To live is Christ and to die is gain.’ As he fought this battle, Bob exemplified Christ.”

For me, there’s nothing else to say other than I would want to live my life in such a way that those around me would be brought to a higher plane, to a place of meeting Jesus. May that be said of all of us.

Thanks for listening.

Blessings,

Mrs. West