There are people who will live to be 100 and will not come anywhere near to leaving the legacy that Brian has left us. His is a tale of courage and faith. It's clear from the testimonies of everyone he came in contact with that his was a "life that was transformed, deepened, marked with beauty and holiness in remarkable ways that could never have been anticipated before his suffering." (Peterson from his introduction to the Book of Job)
Brian found himself confronting danger that he did not willingly seek, but instead of letting it defeat him, he summoned the courage necessary to overcome his fear and face jeopardy head on.
"But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't." Sam reflected. "And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten. We hear about those as just went on---and not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end." (Sam to Frodo--Book IV, Chapter 8)
As we follow Brian's example and press on in courage and faith, as Matthew and Kayleigh come face to face with jeopardy, it is my hope that they will ask to hear their favorite tale, the one where Brian and his faithful companions stubbornly clung to their faith and came to "a good end."
Thank you Brian for this legacy!!!
"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12"
OFTEN THE SCENES WE LEAST DESIRE ARE THOSE MOST IMPORTANT TO THE STORY BEING TOLD.