Monday, February 15, 2010

Dancing with the Angels

I have a selfishly sad heart today because Dr. John, author of Dr. John's Fortress, and Dragon's Lair, passed away this morning.  Dr. John was a true gentleman, a wonderful sometimes-curmudgeon, an encourager and a blog-friend.

I also know from his writings that Dr. John was a firm believer in Jesus, so I know he is dancing with the angels today, free of any pain or any labors to breathe.

May the many who were touched by his kind words pause a moment to reflect on the sanctity of life and the joy in celebrating it while we're here. Some might believe that Dr. John's dragons are sad, but I disagree.  I believe they are delighted that he can fly with them now.

Deepest condolences to his family. It was so apparent in his writings that after Jesus, they were the most important treasures to him. I know he will be missed. And to his family, thank you for sharing him with the rest of us through supporting his blogging. He brought a lot of laughter and light to us all.

Several weeks ago I had a dream in which several of us who blogged with Dr. John met at his house to have a party of some kind.  Susan was there from Ireland, Thom was there from Hawaii, I came in from Virginia and we were all waiting for Quilly to show up. I looked over to where Dr. John was seated with his lovely Betty and there was a veritable FEAST awaiting us.  So, Dr. John has gone on to prepare the feast for the rest of us.  Save us some good hot dish, Pastor.

Vaya con Dios, mi amigo.


Anonymous said...

I have so many tears reading all of this about such a great man. This was a touching tribute my friend. I remember your dream. What a wonderful memory. My thoughts, wishes and aloha go to Betty and his family. Rest In Peace Sir Dr. John!

quilly said...

I am sad today, too. Not for Dr. John. I know that he is once again strong and healthy. I am sad for me and all of the people that can no longer turn to Dr. John for encouragement, wisdom, and incredible PUNch lines.

Susan at Stony River said...

You know, when you told us about that dream, and we were joking that hey, we *could* modify the cross-country trip to take in Wisconsin, I really had the map out. It would have been a joy to meet Dr. John and his family in person.

Now the dream seems prophetic; he really did give us a feast while he was here.

I agree, the dragons are probably having a ball with him now. I miss *all* the cast of characters he gave us, and he was often the biggest character of all! I miss him.

ShAKirA CHOONG said...

Great tribute.
He must have been such a great guy.
I hope to know him through
your wonderful memories of him

Take care now.


Nessa said...

A beautiful tribute. We will miss him.

Melli said...

Ohhhhh Dr. John would have LOVED your dream! He WISHED that dream! When we were together we actually talked about how much fun it would be if we could gather a LOT of his blog friends together for a party. That was a great fantasy for him! The other was that he could travel... and now he has traveled! To the ultimate location EVER! And Heaven had an amazing party waiting for his arrival! I'm so sad to have missed it...