The Unwanted Journey

Through a mutual friend, Southern Baptist Executive Committee President, Frank Page, learned of Jordan’s recent suicide.

Page’s daughter, Melissa, took her life, as well.

Last year, Frank published a book entitled simply, “Melissa.” He sent me a copy with a sweet note.

From his introduction: “I’m not over Melissa’s death. I admit that. I’ll never be over it. That twenty-seventh day of November changed everything. The earth shifted under my feet. The fog rolled in and wouldn’t lift. Accomplishing the simplest daily activities suddenly required dogged effort and resolve. But I can say this: I am on my way through it, and I am still in one piece. And the ‘peace of God, which surpasses every thought’ – I’m here to tell you it really can ‘guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus,’ (Philippians 4:6-7), just the way the Bible says. If I didn’t know it before, I certainly know it now.”

Page addresses his readers who’ve been where he’s been as “fellow travelers on this unwanted journey.” I praise Christ for bearing this burden for me, Page, and all others who’ve been forced to endure this “unwanted journey.” As Page writes, “I am on my way through it, and I’m still in one piece.”


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