Thomas was wondering at the report of the disciples who had seen the Lord. I guess John being born on Easter Sunday had thus inherited this characteristic of the wonderment of the thinkers mentioned in the account of the holy resurrection. I saw on Sunday a glimpse of what you have firsthand experience with and what you still remember of those beautiful memories of the young Saint Demetrios Community days of which John was part of.I know from testimonies about John and Kim who took under their wings not only their own children but other children of the community; becoming adopted parents and role models serving as chaperones while traveling around to different churches and communities as dance troop participants, Goya members proudly representing their home community of Saint Demetrios at various sports events, dances and much more.I thought after talking to John the first time and the various times afterwards that he was a thinker and an analyzer. Knowing God and understanding the mysteries of the universe became comprehensible within his soul and spirit through the channel of his mind.This is why I thought it was very significant that God enabled him to keep his mental capacities intact and sharp during his illness even up to the final moment when he breathed his last. God through his mercy protected the most important organ that John needed while he was processing inside his own soul and spirit the mystery of death as he was getting closer and closer to embracing it.
Standing by his bedside I saw in action the true and genuine divine respect of God, who cares, safeguards, and fully protects the integrity of the free human will.
Is it not amazing and comforting to know that God gave one of the children of Saint Demetrios parish the same treatment and careful consideration in the twenty first century that he gave on the day of his resurrection to Peter the Apostle, Mary Magdalene, the two disciples of Emmaus, and Thomas who was one of the twelve!
Certainly for all of you, who surrounded and supported John during the entire time of his illness with such love and close contact, you will find many more marvelous mysteries that have happened during this special time and you will discover more of them in the upcoming days, weeks, months and years, and ponder over them with wonderment.
I commend you Kim, your three children, Maria as well with Kally and her family, and all of you for the outpouring of love and support that I have witnessed among all of you during John’s illness and passing. It was an amazing experience for me to be part of this love story.
I think it is a great act of love that God’s mercy has triggered your grieving and healing process at a very early stage and even before the passing of John and allowed you to have the precious privilege of multiple opportunities to reminisce the fond memories of the past and to laugh about them with him and in his presence.
Kim, I admire you for your attentive presence at all times by John’s side. It looks like your best friend and husband followed the footsteps of his dad in everything even in the example of his death and the outpouring of love he left behind in the hearts of many people.