“Loss isn’t an absence after all. It is a presence. A strong presence right next to me. I look at it. It doesn’t look like anything, that’s what is so strange. It just fits in.” ― Jackie Kay, Trumpet
My friend, John Redmond, was incredibly gifted. His quick wit, unparalleled sense of humor, and magnetic smile were vehicles for his God-given gifts. John knew people. He had the ability to look underneath the surface and find what makes a person tick. Whether he used what he saw to irritate or motivate is the question. The norm was a lot of both. John could make people believe the unbelievable, and on a tough day, a little hope is all we need to make it to the next day.
My friend, John Redmond, is a beautiful picture of us all. We are all gifted, and we are all broken. This is what unites us all. We are all searching for the same thing in life, fulfillment. When we look for fulfillment in the wrong places, we are never satisfied. We will always need more. A passage of scripture that has often been misinterpreted:
You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. –James 4:2-3
Our Creator knows what we need. Ask God for fulfillment. God is enough.
I love my friend, John Redmond.