This book will be cherished. Because all of us, like Fred and Dave, face loss. We are never ready, I imagine. And we have no resources for that except ourselves, framed as we variously are, by our narratives of faith and unfaith, of compelling truth and fulsome denial. We may be grateful for Fred's self-giving to Dave and for Dave's relentless honesty. The truth of our life does not come in explanation. It comes in presence! In the end Fred finishes with faith and with loneliness; perhaps the two come together:
"I am utterly dependent upon the One who loves us both and am grateful in ways that escape expression. But, oh, how I miss him."
Final words for final loss!
Columbia Theological Seminary
July 17, 2013