Way back in November 2006 during the very first launch of BlogBlast For Peace (we called it Dona nobis pacem in the blogosphere back then), I received a peace globe from Wisconsin from a pastor named Dr. John Linna. His blog is called Dr. John's Fortress. I was so impressed with his peace post and moved by his writing and thoughts. To receive a globe from a pastor was very special to me. My grandfather would have loved it.
Dr. John Linna passed away this week.
He left a legacy of friendships across the world and a treasure cove of eternal words on his blog. He was a man of faith and humor. It was apparent he had a heart for people. He had a simple and profoundly real trust in his God and was loved and respected by many as a leader, a family man, a pastor, a writer. So many bloggers have written posts in his honor this week and spoke of how much they miss him already.
I would like to repost Dr. John's words from 2006. It is a challenge to those left behind and a testament to the man who wrote it.
My sympathies to his family, his church, his community, his friends - online and off.
I am glad he passed my way.
"Saying for the day: May God's Peace fill your life.
There are two roads to peace.
One road requires that we human beings put aside our differences, our old hatreds, our desire to force everybody to be like us, our greed, and all the other things that divide us.
Then we work for the good of all human beings.
At the end of that road there is no starvation, no poverty.
There is health care for everybody.
There is no killing and no war.
There is harmony and real peace.
That’s one road.
The other road is a road of revenge, getting even, and making things right.
On this road people either agree or we kill them.
Some of the people on this road will have most of the good things.
People will starve.
Sickness will run rampant.
There will be war after war.
Finally there will be peace.
It will be the peace of the graveyard.
There will be no humans to ruin the peace.
Which road will we humans go down?"
Please take the time to pay your condolences to his family and leave a word for them at this online guestbook. It was created by his close friend Thom, who lives in Hawaii and writes Thom's Place For Whatever. He did a beautiful job with it.