Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Rest In Peace Michael

Michael Spencer, 1956-2010.

Michael encouraged me to keep blogging when I first started writing online over 5 years ago. It was also through his website, The Boars Head Tavern that I found a link to Bobbie and her recovery from sexual addiction. All these interactions have been pivotal in my own recovery and growth. I will be forever grateful.

Michael wrote with such gut honesty and challenged me to think outside the box when it came to my faith. He wrote openly about wrestling with his faith and what it meant to live the Gospel. He helped me see that it was more important to live it than talk about it.

Michael tackled the struggles of daily life and generously let us in as he did so. He did not try to 'pretty up" his image, he was who he was. Between his and Brennan Manning's influence, I have a much bigger God and a better grasp on grace.

Michael did not have a lot of time from when he was diagnosed with cancer until his passing. I will be keeping his family in my prayers.

7 comments:

Dianne said...

Thank you Hope. You are an encouragement to all of us.

chitowngreg said...

Sorry for your loss and for his family. I wish I'd had the opportunity to know him. Thanks!

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

God be with him, and God be with his family! (I like the idea that just saying those simple words, just believing them in our hearts...well it makes them real).

Black Pete said...

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daisymarie said...

That kind of honesty leaves a tremendous legacy. Holding your heart up in prayer...along with his immediate and cyber family.

Onward, Forward, Toward… said...

"Hope":

Many years ago, when we frequented the Brennan Manning forums, you introduced me to iMonk by sending me by e-mail an iMonk article via e-mail. I want to thank you for that because life was never the same again (on a positive point of view).

I too, share in your grief and wrote a tribute to iMonk myself.


http://availablelightonline.com/blog/2010/04/06/remembering-imonk-michael-spencer/

bob / ALO-OFT

Marla said...

I am so sorry to hear you lost your friend.