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Jim Healy (in the middle) on his bike

Jim Healy (in the middle) riding his bike

Last week I wrote about a good friend of mine that passed away. Jim Healy was involved in a life ending accident while riding his bike on March 5th. It’s so hard to lose friends, especially close dear friends.

I enjoyed the many good times I had with Jim. I always looked forward to seeing him and his family when I went back to my hometown, Fresno.

I feel frustrated that I won’t be able to enjoy his presence this side of heaven again. The Lord uses this as yet another reminder that there is something beyond this life. That we have the hope of heaven where there will be no more pain, no more tears.

“He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. It will be said on that day, ‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.'”

—Isaiah 25:8,9

The funeral service was held on Saturday, March 9th.

His riding buddies along with friends, students and colleagues held a memorial bike ride for Jim earlier in the day on Saturday. They also put together a touching video expressing what Jim meant to the many people who knew him. It is an encouraging testimony of Jim’s life.

It is sad to lose Jim, and my heart goes out to his wife, Janine and their three children. I’m thankful that I could count Jim as one of my close friends. I give thanks to the Lord for the wonderful testimony that Jim left.

May his life serve as an inspiration to us to live in a way that we honor our Lord as we love and serve others.

Thank you Lord for Jim. Please watch over and care for his family in a special way now that he is gone. Continue to use his testimony to draw people to you!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

Dawn and I celebrated our 24th anniversary today, and we were able to have a nice romantic meal out. At the end of the meal I got a call from my mom. She said, I have some sad news, your friend, Jim Healy died this morning while riding his bike. Read the news article here…

It’s hard to know how to react to that kind of heart wrenching news!

Please Join us in Prayer for the Healy Family

The main reason I’m writing this post tonight is to honor Jim and to ask you to join us in prayer for his family.

Our hearts go out to Healy family.

Jim’s wife, Janine and their three children, Jessica, Josh and Jacob. They are a beautiful family. Jim was a wonderful husband and father. He faithfully served in the church, and influenced the lives of many young people. He also was an excellent teacher at Sunnyside Highschool.

I first met Jim when I was in college at Fresno State over 30 years ago. He was one of those guys that was hard not to like. Jim was easy-going, friendly, smiled frequently and he was a sports enthusiast. I remember when Jim, Oscar and I along with other friends would play basketball in the afternoon during the hot Fresno summers. We shared many good times together.

We were young and growing Christians when we first met. It was an exciting time. Jim’s faith grew over the years, and he applied his faith to his family and his work. One example of Jim’s influence and exemplar character can be found on his Facebook page. If you go there now you will see wonderful testimonies of the impact that he had on the lives of many.

There aren’t many friendships that endure over time, but every time I was able to be back in Fresno I would make it a point to visit Jim. When Dawn was with me we’d grab a meal with Jim and Janine. So many good memories!

It’s so hard to say good-bye to those we love.

Jim, I don’t know if you can read this from heaven, but it is comforting to know that you are in a better place. Love you bro and you will be missed 😦

Dear friends, please join us in lifting up the Healy family to our loving heavenly Father!

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org