Years later, he became my lifting partner when I was working as a personal trainer at a gym downtown. I always refer to him as my "brother". Yes, he is an adopted member of our family.
He has been there for our family on many occasion. He watched our young daughter a number of times when I had to take a class and my husband was unable to watch her. He also opened up his home when our power went out for two weeks one winter. Yes, he is family.
So when I send family updates, he is included. Today he responded with this message that touched the very depths of my heart. It so encouraged me. I want to share it with you.
"We would all like to know why, of all people, you were struck with this illness. I was reading Job the other night and was thinking of you and the trial you are going through. Even though life has thrown you a curve, there are greater things to come. Understanding why is not always answered. Job asked why but God would not answer him. The surety is that God has not left you for one moment and never will."This is a true friend, folks. This is a friend who not only cares, but encourages and uplifts. Thank you, DJ, for being my adopted brother and for helping me see the bigger picture.