Davin has gone to be with the Lord, the first memorial service is complete, friends and family have shared their stories and tears about the loss, the heartache, and the joy they had in knowing him. And in my heart there’s this sadness for the shining light, our brother, who is no longer with us. There is a kind of piercing finality to it that takes your breath away. He’s gone.
But as I think about it, amidst all the pain, there is also the truth that his story lives on to speak to us and to give us life—maybe even more than it did when he was here. Maybe his story, like our fathers’ before us, will always be an anchor for our hope. Maybe Davin is a lot like Abel.
By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks (Hebrews 11:4).
It’s a pretty amazing thing that Davin’s story of faith in the midst of cancer and death and loss is forever etched in the pages of the book of the faithful servants of God. He’s right there with Abel, speaking though he died; Noah, who hid himself in God’s Ark; Abraham, who received the promise; Moses, who counted the reproach of Christ as greater wealth than all the treasures of Egypt. And though they all died, they still speak.
By faith Davin endured his cancer, counting death as gain because of the promise of an eternal weight of glory prepared for him at the right hand of Jesus. And though he died, through his faith, he still speaks. He was making it plain to his generation—to us—that he was seeking a better country, his homeland, even heaven, acknowledging that he was here on earth a stranger and an exile. Though he died, his story still speaks life to us today; it is a beacon and a call heavenward, a buoy for our faith until the day when we join him.
Davin is gone from us, that is true. But his story lives on forever in Christ’s book of those saints—many whose names we will never know, whose stories remain as of yet untold—who were found faithful seeking a better country. Like Elisha after he died, his death continues to bring us life (2 Kings 13:20), for it points us to the resurrection we have in our homeland.
Though Davin died, through his faith, he still speaks. Are you listening?