Why the wars?
Why the conflicts?
Why the bitter factions between people groups?
Why the hate?
Why do men and women have to die in service for their country?
Why? Why? Why?
I don't know. I don't have the answers to these probing questions. I don't understand it and don't think I ever will on this side of heaven. But what I do know is how one man's story resonated with thousands upon thousands of people worldwide.
Although Dave did not live long, he impacted more lives in 28 years of living than many of us can even hope to touch given three lifetimes. As his mom so eloquently said, "Dave was a connector of people." Nothing could be truer.
Less than two days after posting Two Heroes -- One Heart, over 60,000 people worldwide had read it. Comments came flooding in from the middle east, Europe and the United States. People kept saying how much they loved Dave, his spirit, his kindness and his larger than life heart. He was in fact "a connector of people" and "a gentle giant."
I had dinner with Dave's wife last week and she admitted that she sometimes forgets he is gone. It feels like he is still deployed and will be coming home soon. And then she remembers….life seems so unforgiving, brutal and harsh at times. We have so many unanswered "whys."
But regardless of the number of questions we may have, I know this to be true: Dave's story lives on. Please join me today as we remember and honor the man, the husband, the son, the uncle, the Airman, the friend -- Dave Lyon.