I Leave You Joy
Darrell’s Recorded Words to his children after a palliative care meeting - March 26, 2018
“I just want to add a little bit. My and mom’s relationship with our friends is remarkable and I know you know that. I can’t believe it. We are walking through this together. We walk and share about life, and death, and suffering; and we are not afraid of these conversations. We don’t run from them. And, these relationship have just grown. So many years. Such amour bearers and confidents …and I can’t believe I have these buddies (names off a slew of men and women). We are confidants, we share in the pain… I don’t know how to develop a relationship in other way. I always want to talk about the hard stuff. It’s what makes people who they are. Talk about the hard stuff!”
“Come on guys, I need you to live. I need you to live! Every life who passes on to Glory needs to be a life celebrated, rejoiced over. If not, something was missing. You need to enjoy your life, you need to love. Love your wife, your husband, each other. Do your passions. I had mine….
“This is about life not death. We are not going to let this be about death. I am here. I have lived. I have enjoyed people. I have enjoyed life. You know that. We have to be worthy of life, living it fully engaged… with joy. I leave you joy! Live with joy! Be worthy! …
“I just can’t believe it. I am feeling this rapturous experience of life inside me at this moment. It’s beautiful. That transition before we see each other again will be a blink but until then, I pray the Lord bring my body into the wonders of his Word.”