A friend of ours died tragically in an accident this past week. He was in Africa teaching the poorest of the poor new ways to farm. He leaves behind a loving wife, three gorgeous and very young children and a legacy to us of courage, undeniable commitment and a deep belief that drove how he lived his life.
This is a blog post from September, 2010 that he wrote...
“Today we went to Edinburgh Castle. While the kids sat on cannons and climbed the ramparts I pursued the museum. At the top of the castle the Scot’s have turned the chapel into a war memorial. I decided I would hunt for my Uncle who was killed during WW2 a few days after D Day.
What I came upon startled me. In one of the many great volumes of names was my own. Even my initials...
D. Robert Hall.
It hit me….He died (my namesake), in a war because he loved his country, and I trust the cause. It is a somber thing to think he died, voluntarily, willingly. He at some point put his name on a piece of paper knowing full well he may die for having signed it.
I prayed that when and if I needed to do the same, I would have the same courage. I pray that I would have the conviction to put my name in on things that I believe to be right-even though I too may suffer.”
I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from the movie Braveheart “Everyman dies. Not everyone really lives.” Rob Hall really lived.
If you want to learn more about Rob go to http://www.danielroberthall.net/about/
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