#RIPSam

As we approach All Saints Sunday we begin to reminisce about those we have lost and those we wish we could still connect with on a daily basis. Someone I barely knew, a special needs student at my high school, passed away recently. I did not even know his name until I learned about his passing, through social media. The reason I never knew this saint's name has been haunting my mind ever since I saw his face in a picture on Twitter.

Riding the elevator up and down several times a day became a pretty regular task during recovery from my recent surgery. Occasionally I would awkwardly be stuck in the threshold of the elevator as I walked passed a kid who needed to use the elevator as well. He would always express the most sincere apology and would let me out before he would even step near the door. I would say "Don't worry about it" or " thank you" then I would smile at him and his assistant. I would then crutch away, usually sweaty and slightly happier than when I got on the elevator.

A few weeks later I did my routine social media check and noticed that people from my school had been using the hashtag "#RIPSam." I could not figure out what Sam people were talking about! Then someone revealed his last name and It didn't ring a bell. Finally, an entire day, later I saw a picture of him and his seminar class on field day, the happiest day of the year for ThunderRidge students. I almost felt sick to my stomach as my mind forced me to remember his voice and watch stored images of his face as I exited the elevator. I no longer needed crutches and I began to venture the stairs, where people are rushed and trying to get to class. Politeness is definitely a rarity.

Sam is one saint that I will be remembering. I will be reminiscing over the small compliments that kept me crutching along to my next class. Never once did he ask for any sort of recognition from his politeness or any sympathy for being special. He was a kind person to everyone he met. In a way he reminded me of Jesus. Sam made miracles happen everyday, not just by putting a smile on my face but by inspiring his classmates and being the best person he could be.

Revelation 14:13 - Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."

You and your deeds will be remembered. #RIPSam

Brooks Jacobs

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