Many of you remember a few weeks ago when I posted a prayer request here and here for my cyber-friend Bill, who was dying of cancer. A lot of you wanted an update on him, something I was unable to provide because he was beyond the point of sending emails and I had no other way to contact him.
Thankfully one of the kids he fostered and who is now grown -- her name is Willow -- dropped me an email today as follows:
Hi, I don't know if Bill has told you about me, but my name is Willow and I am the closest he has to a daughter of his own.
I have some sad news. Bill died a few hours ago. Yesterday they said he was slipping away, and today he's gone.
I'm sorry if that was horribly blunt. I can't find a nice way to explain it.
I'm so grateful Willow took the time to let me know. The funny thing about receiving her email is that Bill has been strongly on my mind for the last couple of weeks. I think a part of me knew his time was close. I find myself relieved he's gone because he was suffering so much in the end. Now I have no doubt he's rejoicing in the arms of his Savior.
Thank you all for your kind comments and inquiries about Billl. It was a great comfort for him.