Sam was a very articulate and kind friend; he spend way too much of his life in a wheel chair and yet demonstrated a lot of grace.
We lost him just over a year ago.
Among many other unexpected, Christ-like kindnesses, he realized at one point that I was discouraged and proceeded to commission a painting.
I should add that his story turns out to be a good allegory of an apparent lack of spiritual growth THOUGH - Sam maintained a beautiful openness to God and His Love. He received richly and fully so as to give in the same way -if from a seemingly perpetual state of debilitation. Sam somehow knew this was not quite the ‘end of the story.’
(Let’s say it together: ‘Help me be more like Sam.’)