A Year Without My Best Man
It’s hard to relay the sort of emotions that go through your head when you first hear the news. Of course doubt. Of course sadness. Some anger. Remorse, regret, etc. It’s as if all of them are attempting to flood in and you just sit there numb to it. My own body didn’t even know how to react. It wasn’t until I had to tell my wife that I finally broke down and then again when I had to Skype my brother and sister-in-law on their honeymoon to tell them what had happened.
Chad Lackie passed away April 2, 2014. But it is somewhat fitting that today would mark one year since I found out of Chad’s passing, because today is also Good Friday. This is a day in which we remember that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ went to be hanged upon a cross for the sins of the world. The very day which is gruesomely depicted in the movie The Passion of the Christ, to which Chad once remarked, “Can we watch that movie every day?”. Chad said he wanted to watch that movie all the time so that he would not forget what Jesus had done for him. While this day for me will be remembered as a day in which I received the news that I had lost best bud, let this be a day where you receive the greatest news of all, “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). But why did Jesus have to die? What does it mean that He “died for our sins”? Here it is in the best way I can describe it:
You and I broke God’s law and are due to pay that fine. When we commit “sins” we are actually committing crimes against God (He made laws, we broke them). Whether we stop doing it or not the wages of sin is still death (Romans 6:23). No matter how much good we do here the rest of our time on Earth, a good judge must punish us for laws that we have broken. While He is good and righteous and Holy, He is also love. That is where the cross comes in. Over 2,000 years ago Jesus Christ lived a perfect life and laid it down on our behalf. He paid our fine! So we are able to walk free from the court and have our fine paid for by another. All we need to do is repent and trust in Jesus. The Bible says, To all those who believe, He grants the authority to become a child of God (John 1:12). If Jesus has paid your fine and you place your entire trust in Him, you are a child of God.
Why do I share this news when discussing the passing of my best man? Because I know that he would want me to share this with whoever would listen. My lip stymies when I think of the fact that my sons Eli and Justus will live a life void of wild adventures with my crazy friend Chad, and it makes me never want anyone to go through this pain. It stirs in my heart the fact that I am never doing enough. I want to help, I want no mother or father to lose their son when they don’t have to. Every time I think of Chad I don’t think I’m doing enough. I pray that God will stir in each of our hearts to want to do more. Our life is but a breathe. What kind of impact can we have? My hope and prayer is that more believers would say to the Lord “Here I am, send me!” I thank God for the years of life He gave Chad and the years of fun we had together. If you or anyone you know needs prayer or even someone to talk to, do not hesitate to call (this number goes directly to my cell-phone and I do not care how late our how early you call):
Chad Davidson (Ext 801)
In His Service,