I call my friend Tim Amuchastegui “Superman!”
He is indeed a Super Man!!
About a year ago Tim was hit head on with the kryptonite of pancreatic cancer.
As we know, Superman has a lot of powers but the powers of kryptonite are just too much.
And so it was last night that my phone rang at 1:17 am central time and I heard Superman’s Lois Lane, his heart broken wife Cec on the phone letting me know that the angels had descended and ever so gently and even more ever so peacefully taken her love of forty years, to escort him to the heavenly kingdom where Tim was welcomed with thunderous applause.
Superman now rests in the arms of the greatest Super Man that ever lived – Jesus.
Together they laugh…they smile… they talk…they hold on tight to each other as Tim’s eyes start to take in the surroundings of eternity… Already Tim feels like he’s been there 10,000 years just like the song Amazing Grace says…
I have so much to say, to write, to share…but my heart is broken too.
So…If you will allow me, I would like to share what I wrote last April on the day of Tim’s surgery…
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
More powerful than a locomotive!
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!
Superman, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way!
Mild mannered builder/architect from Klamath Falls, Oregon.
He’s not very strong. Probably weighs in at less than 150 these days.
At best, his vertical leap is around 8 inches.
This photo showed up on my phone a week ago today.
His incredible wife Cec texted it to me at 5:00 in the morning.
It was “The Incredible Wife Cec”!
Her voice was upbeat… “Now David, we have everyone in the hotel room here (family that is). And we are going to put the phone down right in the middle of all of us and we are going to circle up around the phone and hold hands and oh, by the way you are on speaker phone and we want you to pray for us before we go to the hospital. Ok David, are you ready? We are ready for your prayer…”
There was a moment of silence as we all collected ourselves and then Tim’s deep, slow, melodic voice came over the speaker…”David, thank you…”
And they were off to the hospital, for surgery, to remove a cancer that has taken the life away from so many other people…
The two clinched fists speak volumes of the inner strength that Tim has found through our Lord and God.
What does that “S” stand for?
Surrounded by a loving family…
Secure in the loving knowledge that he is in the hollow of God’s hand and God never lets go!
Serene – Jesus is able to give us a sense of peace that passes all understanding.
Laugh often and Fear not!
Laugh often and Fear not!