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Goodbye, Jonathan Franco

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Kathy's Faith Walk

I have been sharing my Faith Walk with readers for a couple years now and the one thing I have not touched on much is death; that is, until now.

Last week was a bad week. I gauge the day’s goodness or badness in one simple way. It is a good day if no one in my circle dies. It is a bad day if one of them does. My circle is kind of big. Last week someone in my circle passed away but it was an amazing event deep down and has changed my view of death.

Jonathan Franco passed away on Saturday, September 24. He was many things to many, many people. I haven’t seen a life impact like that in years. Jonathan was only 27 and he loved God. 

He was a friend to my two older children when they were going to NIC a few years ago. He connected them to a church and to a wonderful group of young people who met regularly at his home in Post Falls. He traveled the world and was very excited about his opportunity to travel to the Holy Land with his Dad. His Facebook page was filled with scores of testimonies, all expressing the positive impact he had on their lives and on their faith in God.

For a week before Johnny’s funeral my daughter and I talked about him and the fact that he is now with Jesus in Heaven. We know he is because the Bible tells us in 2nd Corinthians, Chapter 5, we who have relationship with Jesus Christ will be able to be with him when we die. This is the hope every believer in Christ keeps close. It is the hope Jonny had and he is experiencing it right now. It is the hope my daughter and I focused on. 

Jonny’s funeral was in Post Falls at Real Life. The parking lot was packed and because Jonny was an officer for the Rathdrum Police Department, there was a great deal of ceremony associated with the day—an enormous United States flag flew above the driveway, and the procession to the Rathdrum cemetery was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. But as my daughter said, “Mom, they are taking his body to the cemetery, but he is not there.” She is right. Jonny is not in the cemetery resting. He is in the presence of God rejoicing!

“Bad” days like this remind believers that there is hope in Christ Jesus. He died to redeem us from our sin and because He was raised from the dead to live again, we who believe in him and share in that hope will also live again, just like Jonathan Matthew Franco. 

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Kathy Osborne Kathy Osborne is the editor of the Co Op Country Store's newspaper, the Co Op Round-Up. In her spare time she checks in on her three grown children, or listens to her husband play music.

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