I keep delaying writing a book review for Through the Wilderness of Loneliness. Not because of the book. Because of the author, Tim Hansel.
After my sister introduced me to Tim’s writings last January, I knew I would read more. Because in You Gotta Keep Dancin’, Tim challenged me to seek joy within pain. I closed my review of that book on January 26 with these words:
Where is Tim now? I googled him, but the last entry I could find was 2 years old, and indicated that Tim was in dangerously fragile health from years of living in a pain-racked body.
Tim, wherever you are now, I pray that you are flourishing in your healing.
Weeks passed. Through Rest Ministries I e-met Lynn (you may have too, through her insightful comments here). She visited this blog and noticed my comment to Tim.
Lynn quickly told me that she knew where Tim was! She and his family have been close friends for years! We delighted in the connection God had made for us.
Through Lynn, I’ve learned precious things about Tim and his wife Anastasia, and how they have ministered the love of Christ to so many people, despite his health problems.
Last week, Lynn received a note from Anastasia that Tim is now in full-time hospice care at his home. It saddens me to hear that a writer and brother I was just beginning to discover may have already written his last book.
But not his last chapter. His most exciting one yet is still ahead and I am anticipatory for him. Wouldn’t it be lovely if he could continue to pass his writings on to us once he’s on the other side? What joy-filled words he could share!
So, as you see, I still have not written the review of Through the Wilderness of Loneliness. Maybe tomorrow... For now, my thoughts are directly on its author. My prayers go out to Tim and his family. Will you pray for him, too?
From Through the Wilderness of Loneliness:
I thought of Jesus’ words, “Come to me...and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). It is interesting to note that He didn’t say, “Do this and it will give you rest” or “Don’t do this, and that will give you rest.” He said, “Come to me...and I will give you rest.” It is an intimate relationship He offers.
Tim, you’ve been a blessing on earth. We pray for a peaceful transition for you, when God’s timing is right, to your new dancin’ in heaven, along with your much-deserved rest.