Today, it was with sadness that I heard of the death of my friend, David Pavey, age 64. David, nicknamed Zip, had been ill for the past 2 years. His neck was broken in a fall 2 years ago, and his health only continued in a downward spiral. I always admired David for several reasons. David was born with some kind of a spinal, muscular type disease. I’m not sure of the name of it. It hurt just to watch him walk, and move, but he never stopped. He was tenacious to live as close to a normal life as possible, even with the top part of his body tilting at a 45 degree angle. One of our friends called me today who has known him all of his life. He said every day of David’s life had been a struggle; but he had never heard him complain, not one time. He was asked at the coffee shop if he hurt. He answered, “only when I breathe.” This gives you an idea of the kind of guy he was.
David was a funny man. He was always clowning around. You can tell by the photo.
David was an English teacher for over 30 years in public schools. When he retired, he continued to teach in a local community college. David was a very intelligent, well read man. He knew a lot about many different things. He was a regular at our coffee shop table. He brought an added dimension that we had not had before. He had a very colorful personality. Speaking of his hardships, he raised a son and daughter from a young age by himself. His wife left him and the kids. His kids turned out to be nice, productive adults, who loved and cared for him when needed.
Above all of the mentioned qualities of David, he was a believer in The Lord Jesus Christ. When he was in the nursing home I would go and visit with him, and read Psalms to him. He would just sit and listen, then we would discuss some of it. I always hated to leave him when it was time to go. I didn’t want to leave him alone. But I really don’t think he felt that alone. I remember telling him once when I was leaving that I loved him. He looked at me with a tear in his eye, and he didn’t know what to say. He didn’t say a word. I understood. I don’t think that he was use to being told that he was loved. He knew that The Lord loved him, and that He was always with him. He comforted him. He was very content with that. He knew that his future was bright.
When I heard that he had passed from this life, I was actually relieved for him. I would still enjoy seeing him everyday, but now Heaven has one more person that I’m looking forward to seeing. Paul gives us comforting words in I Thess. 4:13-14 “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.” David now has seen The Lord. His old earthly body has shed the infirmities that he had always known. David is now in eternal bliss; but it isn’t because he was so good. It is all because of the work of Christ on behalf of His people. David knew this, so I now see him, without impairment, praising his Savior, and thanking Him for His grace and mercy.
Zip, it was my pleasure to be one of your friends. I will miss you. I can’t wait for the time when we will praise our Savior together in Heaven. Until then, I still love you.