Four and a half years ago, Jeremy Sykes was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a terminal disease which is gradually shutting down his lungs. Jeremy has been facing this end of life time with a great deal of courage and grace, and has been sharing insights with friends and after services on Sunday mornings.
Several people asked if those insights might be shared more widely, so we are now hosting a blog page called “Jeremy Reflections: Discovering Grace at Life’s End.” In what Jeremy has posted there, Jeremy shares how “the manner that I have been given to die is turning out to be a blessing.” And he shares a story of a beautiful moment of insight starting with a bird’s song that leads him to an experience of the world, the cosmos, as “a greater evolving harmony.”
As Jeremy is growing weaker, he may not be able to add more posts to this blog, but what he has posted is a real gift. Today, October 9, on what likely is his last birthday, Jeremy has turned the gift-giving around and has offered all of us a gift of grace.
Jeremy, you have inspired harmony in those around you and in this congregation, and we are grateful. And that harmony, evolving, will not fade.
You’ll find Jeremy’s reflection here: https://uusaratoga.org/jeremy-reflections-discovering-grace-at-life-end/