Last Tuesday my friend Tim went to be with Jesus. Tim and I went to high school together. We were in the same French class. Tim was funny. The kind of funny that was effortless and witty. He was smart too. Very smart in fact. I became friends with Tim quickly, because it was easy.
Tim was also the kind of man that everyone cared about and was friends with. He was our Senior Homecoming King. Everyone liked Tim. Well Tim liked my friend Katie Westfall. Katie and I were best friends. She moved down the street from me in 6th grade. She became my best friend the moment she Razor scootered herself over to my driveway to introduce herself.
Tim and Katie were high school sweethearts. They continued their relationship through college as they dated long distance with Tim at The University of Washington, and Katie with me at Oregon State. After they graduated in 2011, Tim proposed marriage to my sweet friend Katie in a garden of roses promising a lot of tomorrows together.
Months after their engagement we found out Tim was very sick. Cancer they told us. Of course we were all confused being that Tim was so active and seemingly so healthy. We immediately began praying and asking God for healing.
Tim and Katie got married in December of that same year, and I had the honor of being a Bridesmaid in their very sweet and beautiful wedding. Not long after their wedding we celebrated the victory of Tim being cancer free! However it came back, and so continued the battle he had of fighting for his life.
Tim was courageous in ways I cannot comprehend. He was loving and giving amidst his own pain, and sickness. He was a wonderful husband to my dear friend and he gave so much to his community, church, family and friends. His life had so much meaning because he represented faith in hard times, and he leaned on the Lord for his support and strength.
My heart is so broken for my dear friend Katie, and I ask that those of you who might be reading this would keep her in your prayers. She is strong, brave and extremely selfless. I am incredibly blessed to know her, and to have her example before me of a woman who trusts in the Lord in impossible circumstances.
We all love you and miss you. The joy I have for you is that you are no longer in pain and that you get to be with Jesus. Thank you for your friendship and for loving Katie as well as you did. Our world will never be the same without you in it, but know that you will never be forgotten and I thank you for all the strength and faith you demonstrated for all of us. You are an inspiration my friend, and God is going to use your story to influence others for his Kingdom! So until I see you again where pain is no more, you will be missed and remembered always.
Love your friend,