he really ‘met’ people

my whole week has been turned upside down by the passing of Trent’s former Young Life co-worker Julian Dabbagh.

i only met the guy a few times, but when Julian met people, he really met them. he stopped, looked and cared. he tried to make you laugh, tried to make you feel comfortable. and when he walked away, it felt as though you’d just encountered Jesus.

that’s the only way i can explain my reaction to the news of his death.

i cannot imagine what it’s like for those that really knew him. i can only pray for God’s immeasurable strength to hold them up and remind them Julian is now walking streets of gold, receiving treasure immeasurable, and waiting for us to join him.



  1. Auntie D said,

    June 27, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Emily. I sit here with tears in my eyes. It seems like such a loss on earth for a young man with a young family to be taken so soon. Was he ill or was it a tragic accident?
    There are no words to discribe the immense sorrow and grief that his wife and children will have to walk through. He will be so missed by many of those that knew him!

    I do believe that God puts us on this earth for His divine purpose and when we choose to surrender to His will and His way for us, then He will use us to fulfill His plans with those that He puts us in contact with.
    And when our work for God is done on this earth, He calls us home to be with Him and says, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Welcome home.” We rest in that promise.

    Emily, I pray that you and Trenton may find encouragement and comfort in that Julian is safe in the arms of Jesus.

  2. July 1, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Hope you’re doing okay, Emily. Sorry to hear about the loss of this wonderful man.

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