Passing away

…. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
James 4:14 ESV

Some days this feels more real than others.

Today I was reading through the Akma blog from the summer of 2007 (it may seem strange but I read an old post from Seth Godin that referenced an Akma post from that time).

Anyway, Akma appeared to have a very active community at that time, with a ton of comments, engagement, and discourse. For the time I spent reading and drinking it all it, I felt like I was part of a community. I could hear each of Akma’s readers in their own voice as they commented and replied to one another. I imagined having this discussion with them face to face and then something happened. I don’t know what it was exactly, but in a moment I realized that I was reliving someone’s memories.

I saw in that one terrible moment, that those people aren’t real. Should I go and try to find them, they wouldn’t remember their words from 10 years ago, or they wouldn’t care about that topic because they had moved on, or they may have even passed on to eternity.

I hastily navigated to the most recent section of Akma’s blog – here at least I would find something real, something tangible to today.

In one of Mr. Adam’s more recent posts, he called his blog a ghost and asked if anyone still read it. Still I went on, I had to find something to tether me back and make me feel ok again.

And reality was brutal. Akma had just shared a beautiful eulogy for one of his friends – one of those same people I had just moments before had the privilege of interacting with, one of those faces and voices in the memories of his blog.

Jordan Cooper cannot speak with us any longer.

While we still have breath, let us use it for good.

…What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
James 4:14 ESV

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