“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7–8, NLT) Yes, you did Richard, yes you did!
We’ve lived here in Saskatchewan long enough now that we’ve come to know some people and have made friends. And not only have we made friends, but we’ve also met people who, regardless of how much time we may have spent with them, have left a lasting impression upon our heart. For me, Richard Schick was such a person.
I met Richard sometime between 2011-2013 when I was asked to serve on a team that was planning a golf event for the college where I work. Richard was passionate about people knowing Christ, and it was evident that Richard had a deep, abiding faith and love for God and others – especially his family!
Fast forward to today to his Celebration of Life Service. It was during this service we worshipped God together as a community, we heard from each of his children (they each reflected on the legacy their Dad has given them), and we were challenged to give blood. This service was powerful! Here are a few things I was reminded about and or challenged with:
- A life well lived is worth celebrating!
- Our life on earth is meant to be lived for Christ, and it should be lived in such a way that it demonstrates God’s love for people.
- Christ’s love working in and through us never fails, and making time to enjoy and be present with others can have far-reaching effects. (Some we may never know about until after we’re gone.)
- Prayer is powerful and impacts lives. As Richard’s eldest daughter (he and his wife Vi had four children) was sharing about his prayer life, she asked those who’d been prayed for by Richard and Vi to stand, almost the entire audience stood. There were a few hundred people present, not to mention those who were listening via life streaming!
- Richard is present with the Lord.
- “Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8, NLT)
- If we are in Christ, our life in him is forever!
- If you’re able, become a blood donor – it’s in you to give! I was astounded to learn that just ONE of Richard’s days when he needed blood (apparently he had over 40 transfusions during the years he battled cancer) required 3,000 donors! See here to find out how you can become a donor.
I’m left after this beautiful service with a few reflective questions in my heart. Am I living my life in a way that is demonstrating my love for God and others? Do I know the love of Christ in a way that compels my feet to move in the direction of others? If my children or those around me had to share about me, what would they say?
Thank you, Richard, for allowing Christ to work through you in such powerful ways!
Richard John Schick, June 6, 1945 – July 27, 2016.