No matter how of those notices I receive, I never get used to them. In ministry you often get that call as a need to be there for the family. There is no doubt it is a sacred trust to be present with a family during a season of loss. Being twenty four hundred miles away doesn't soften the pain you feel for a family. As I was thinking about my eight years of relationship with Rex England and his wife Valerie, I couldn't help but smile. He was just a fun guy. He loved his family. He was crazy about his wife. He was a great friend. Rex was just fun.
As his family and friends grieve his loss, I imagine most will say the same things about him. There will be stories and reminders of how he impacted so many. There will be a void in the England family for a guy who lived his life well. The comfort and peace the family needs will come from the Holy Spirit. That isn't a foreign thought the family though. They know in life and in death that God is still on the throne and will not abandon them. Life and death. Rex, you are loved and will be greatly missed.