As many of you probably know, Bill died late last night. The memorial service will be at Park Street Church in Boston this Saturday at 5 p.m. Here is a blog post from the Stuntz family with the news.
Even with all of the forewarning, it’s still a great shock. All day I found myself thinking of questions I wish I could ask Bill. I’ve never seen anyone live out Jesus’s call to love others as we love ourselves the way Bill did. He was of course hugely influential as a scholar and teacher, but I think he may have touched even more hearts by writing, speaking and sharing about his struggles with cancer and debilitating back pain.
As it turns out, I’m in Rome, and found myself standing before the great Giotto painting in the Vatican that shows the deaths of Peter and Paul in the lower frames, and their perfect heavenly bodies worshipping God above. I have to imagine that those who have suffered greatly in the flesh will have more joy than anyone in their resurrected bodies.
I’ll link to a number of tributes and other materials in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, I, like many of you, will be giving thanks for Bill’s life and praying for his family and everyone whose life he touched.