As I reflect on this year’s incredibly difficult yet spiritually rewarding summer, today the Lord has graciously led me beside still waters to remember how He is always faithful to bring beauty from ashes.
It’s hard for me to believe that it was 20 years ago today when I got the call. Gregory Douglas Sullivan, a dear friend of mine since childhood, had died suddenly and very tragically in a motorcycle accident at the age of 32. Little did I know at the time that his seemingly pointless death would bring life to me…and so many others.
As I grew up void of any relationship with God through Christ, Greg was the only “born again” Christian I knew. While he wasn’t perfect – a little strange, in fact – he was one of the most gentle and kind people that I’ve ever met. Further, the melody of his life and joy in his heart made it very obvious that he loved Jesus dearly.
Greg’s sudden death was a serious wake-up call for a rebellious rock singer named Cory McKenna. In fact, the occasion of his funeral marked an extreme turning point in the trajectory of my eternity. March 19th, 2015 marks my 20-year “re-birthday” and Greg’s name continues to be spoken time and time again as I share my own salvation story with so many others.
In keeping with my Maritime heritage, I am eternally grateful that the Lord used both Greg’s life and his death as a towering lighthouse pointing to the rock of Christ. I look forward to seeing Greg again soon in the presence of our precious Savior.