Last evening, I had the privilege of leading a service for Daryl J., a 65-year-old man who passed away in his sleep after an extended illness.   Every family is special in their own way.  Daryl’s family and friends had a true joyful spirit.  While we often use the phrase, last night’s service was truly a “celebration of life.” 

His family shared beautiful reflections about Daryl, but I was moved by a particular comment.  I was told that “he loved out loud.”  I can’t think of a better way to capture someone’s spirit.  Daryl wasn’t afraid to let people know that he loved them and was famous for ending every conversation with “I love you, man.”  

It’s our character that summarizes our lives.  And Daryl’s character was one of always finding the best in any situation and making people feel better about themselves because of being with him.

We hear in St. John’s letter that “God is love and everyone who lives in love, lives in God and God lives in them” (1 John 4:16).  It is the moving of love in and through our lives that is the hand of the ever-living God.  Daryl was one of those hands. 

Maybe the takeaway for us is not to be shy about those we love – let everyone know that we love them.  Let’s take a page from Daryl’s life, let’s “love out loud.”

 


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Wes Lawhorne
04/01/2012 6:06am

Daryl was always thinking about others and sharing his feelings with others. He enjoyed having Family and friends having fun. It was his smile and silly grin that helped other feel good. RIP my dear friend. Watch over us as one day we will be together again in Heaven!! Wes

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A friend
04/06/2012 6:02pm

Fr. BIll - I was at this service and was moved by your tenderness and the way you spoke about Daryl. Thank you for your support for all of us in a time of such pain.

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