"I pity the man who has had a life, free of ailments - where he has never faced his mortality, never thought of His maker - never even asked the question why? never thought of his life and of his mortality - never got to the depths of having nowhere else to go - but to God
my ailment - gives me pause to think - and to thank - to thank God for what I have enjoyed - because every day is good, my daughter is a little cuter, day by day, my wife is a little sweeter, my sons stand a little taller -
the meaning of my life - I am not sure, I may never grasp the fullness of what I wanted to be - all the more reason to focus on life, on living - strong yes, but more importantly, faithful - not consumed by my self, but of others - I have not fame, nor fortune, I therefore must claim my faith-"
Jeff Blanton (2/23/59-3/24/10)
written on the inside of a church envelope
It was such an amazing service...it was evident how many lives he touched!