A couple of weeks ago, Craig McConnell from Ransomed Heart Ministries left this world and went home to Heaven. I never met Craig, however he was a man who I admired and was an inspiration to many.
A couple of years ago I was in Colorado Springs and I met with the Ransomed Heart team and we had a personal tour through the ‘Outpost’ (their offices) and then went rock climbing in the Garden of the Gods. I remember standing in Craig’s office and thinking that where we stood was a holy and sacred place. Sure, it was just an office. It was also a place where a man who loved God did his work in humbleness and holiness.
The team at Ransomed Heart described Craig’s passing in a way that was full of grief and joy – in a way that would seem strange to some, but familiar to others. The paradox of death is that it is also the beginning of life and it is not the final word.
This morning, Craig was completely healed. He is in the Presence of God and seeing Jesus face to face. He has moved from glory to glory. He was at peace, surrounded by his beloved family. – John Eldredge
In a note to his daughter Craig say goodbye to his friends and allies. He signed off ‘Till Heaven’.
I will miss Craig’s humor and humbleness, his words of wisdom, and his way of connecting with people in a genuine and gentle manner. I never knew Craig, but I knew the impact of his life.
My friends, may you reflect on those that you know that have left this world and now live in paradise. May you grieve their loss, remember their legacy, and know that you will meet them again one day soon. Grace and peace.
Where we’ll met those
Who have come before us
At the great banquet table
Where those we know and loved
Departed and left us longing
We will feast with you once more
Where we will see Jesus
The author of our story
And the finisher of our lived faith
Where out goodbyes
Regenerate into joyous greetings
We will drink to our full health
We wait expectantly
For our redemption
The final restoration of all things
(photo by Ransomed Heart Ministries)