Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Power of Religious Community: Christian Brady

On Monday I was in Hershey, Pennsylvania enjoying breakfast with my in-laws getting ready to drive to Pittsburgh to ring in the new year with some friends. What I didn't know was that less than 3 miles from me Chris Brady and his wife were watching their eight year old son, John William McKenzie Brady, pass away. I am always struck by the realization that there is much more going on in the world around me than I often realize.

This is the announcement Chris posted on Facebook.

Words cannot begin to express the deep, wrenching sorrow that our family feels at the sudden and unexpected death of our boy. He contracted meningitis on Sunday and by last night had returned to God. He was a special treasure, a true blessing sent from God.
Mack was passionate about soccer and his dream was to be the starting keeper for the US National team. He had wonderful friends at school, at church, and on his team The SC Celtics. He has the best sister one could imagine.
There are not words that can comfort or theology that can accommodate such loss. Thank you all, however, for your prayers and support of our family in this time. Arrangements will be announced at some point.

I don't know Chris personally, but I have followed his blog for sometime. I have always been impressed with the way he navigates the tension between his faith and scholarship. I continue to do so with his blog post this morning describing the way the religious community has come to surround his family. 

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