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Friends share special memories and thoughts about their beloved Dwight...
- Page One: Pete Berol, Neil McGillivray, Tom Willett, Cam and Heather Stevens, Randall L. Frame, and Pam Kistler
- Page Two: Jill Claflin, Nick Gianconia, Holly Benyousky, Gail and Doug Perry, and Anthony Barr-Jeffrey
- Page Three: Steve Schwartz
- Page Four: Elizabeth Schwartz, Quincy McDonald, Rev. Paul Sharrow, and Laura Harris
- Page Five: Rev. Bill Borror, Michele Pettis, Roger Rayner, and Lori Lenz
- Page Six: Randy Stonehill, Dwight Gibson, Pat Payne, and Rick Bowles
- Page Seven: Jane Arena, Bradford How, Mike Roe, Dwayne Hodgson, and Steve Schwartz (again)
- Page Eight: Jack and Dorothy Ozard (one year later)
I would like to start a “things I learned from Dwight” file. Nothing fancy, but if you could write down what you picked up I think it would make a great collection of ideas.
For me, especially over the last four years, what I learned from Dwight is that; ”Life is hard, then you die”…. and, the part from the old Westminster Confession; “God loves you and wants you to enjoy him forever.” are, in fact, not mutually exclusive concepts.
- Pete Berol
Dwight taught me and reminded me often that, if Christ has chosen the church as his bride who are we to give up on the church. He taught me to laugh at myself when I took life to seriously, and he taught me the importance of making yourself vulnerable. He taught me that we shouldn't just "play" church but make it real for others.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so I am sending 10 of my favourite photos that capture the many faces of Dwight.
I have so many fond memories of Dwight, ministering together at Youth Retreats, Junior High Bible Studies at the Morrison's, and 30 Hour Famines. Late night talks, meaningful prayer and Dwight's dramatic break-ups, until Sheri saved him from himself. Playing ball hockey on the tennis courts, hot tubs and BBQ's and tobogganing. I remember facing death together, while driving to check out a retreat centre, the front driver side tire exploded right while we were passing another car, and nearly crashing. Once we were safe at the side of the road, with adrenalin still pumping through us we laughed until we cried. I remember listening to him on CHRW Radio Western as he played "Christian Music That Doesn't Suck", and asking myself if he could even say that on the radio. He introduced me to so much great music, so many great books and lots of great insights. I'll miss him waxing eloquently about nothing at all, the name dropping and the stories.
When I called my wife to tell her the news, I told her that Dwight had "passed over." I think the more common phrase is "passed on," but I, in the recent few hours, have been thinking of it more as "passing through".... through the mist, through the veil, to the place we all live now but just can't see it as clearly as Dwight does.
Dwight, my friend, we love you.
- Tom Willett
I felt it important that I share our story of Dwight’s impact in our lives.
Heather and I have known Dwight since 1991 (Heather a little longer), when he led the Metropolitan Young Adults group.
We had a special relationship and debt of gratitude to Dwight, as he was responsible for Heather and I meeting, ultimately leading to our marriage and life together and our 2 wonderful children.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to Dwight, and his family, and especially to Sherri and Dwight’s parents, who we had the privilege of meeting in London at our house after Dwight preached at Metropolitan this summer. The strength they showed, and the love and support they provided to Dwight is, well… overwhelming.
Because of Dwight, we have learned how to pray, and our children too, have learned to include “those without a voice” in our daily prayers.
We are so very sad to hear of the passing of Dwight, but are comforted that he is safely in God’s hands and his pain and fatigue are over.
We love you Dwight, and will miss you.
Cam and Heather Stevens
What I learned from Dwight is that life in this world is something to be savored, smelled, tasted, laughed, cried, squeezed for every possible or imaginable drop. Even inspired and taught by the wonderful example he set for us, if ever I am faced with what he faced, I can't imagine ever having the grace to handle it as he did. Still, I am encouraged and challenged by his example.
- Randall L. Frame
I'm not even sure where to begin with the things that I learned from Dwight. I would agree with Randy - I told Dwight time and time again that I could not imagine facing the same situation with the grace that he faced this disease with. And yet - if you mentioned it to Dwight..he merely shrugged it off
like it was nothing.
He taught me that with great joy comes great pain.....his Henri Nowen quote " if we want to avoid the suffering or leaving , we will never experience the joy of loving. Love is stronger than fear, life
stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking." Losing Dwight hurts --- but it was worth it because those of us who got to know Dwight knew what a gift his friendship and his love truly was. He
was truly a risk worth taking......
Until we see you again, my friend. We will continue to be a voice for your voiceless. We love you and will miss you Dwight.
Street Level Artists Agency
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