Sean Bloom, a friend and dear member of our little church
community, passed away last Monday after an intense battle
against intestinal cancer. He was only 39 years old. I have
been overcome by waves of sorrow re: losing him and over the
loss his wife and four young children will bear. I also feel
relief that he is free from the pain he endured and that his family
can move out of the holding pattern they were in and
back to some sort of life-giving rhythm. It's a strange ambivalence.