Levi, a young man, 22 years old, a friend of ours, lost his life to cancer last week. He was an insanely strong, kind, and gentle young man. He fought valiantly and his demonstration of courage has inspired hundreds, if not thousands of people. He will be dearly, dearly missed.
His older brother, Noah, 27 years old, also a good friend, passed away suddenly in his sleep just months ago. He was outrageously funny, kind, and caring. He had friends everywhere he went and left a lasting impression on all of them. He will be dearly, dearly missed.
I can't even touch the edges of the dark chasm of pain that the death of these two young men must have left for those who love them deeply. I don't know what to say, or do. My heart is broken for their family. I cry at random, as I know their family and loved ones will for a long time to come.
The one thing I do know, is that they both have left incredible, wonderful memories with everyone that spent any time with them. One of my favorite memories is playing games with them and the rest of the family. We'd all sit around the kitchen table--or as many as could fit. There'd be food on every level surface...snack food, junk food, healthy food, hot food, cold food...you name it. Some kind of ultimate fighting championship was inevitably on the TV in the adjoining room. There was always someone talking about the latest sports news, someone talking about the fight, someone telling a joke, and someone trying to keep the game going...all at the same time. Noah was the funniest narrator for Mafia ever. And Levi always seemed so innocent that no one ever suspected him--until he took the win right out from under you. There was always so much laughter and love in their house, that it dripped from the walls and oozed right into you until you felt like it was your home, too.
They are still part of an amazing family. And their legacies will live on through their family, their friends, their brothers and children. Nothing and no one can ever take that away from them. In the midst of sadness, I see them as two of the most blessed and victorious men I know. I pray that each one of us would be able to leave such a beautiful legacy.