Goodbye, Friend

Goodbyes are never easy. At least, saying goodbye to friends who have stood with you through those times that make or break you. Dick Butler was such a friend. He stood with many people through the years, always with a steady certainty that gave us strength even when we doubted ourselves.

Dick
was the CEO of Church World Service and before that the Director of The Middle
East Office of the National Council of Churches and Church World Service. He
stood with people in the Middle East when it was difficult–to the point of
life-threatening, in fact.

He stood
with me through career challenges and changes that were as difficult as any I’ve
faced. A sure and steady presence. He opened doors. He stood on principle.
He demonstrated faith more than spoke of
it.

His death leaves a hole. I will
miss him. So long, friend.

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