Edward Williams Strickland 1956-2018 Free at Last

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1956 – 2018

Edward Williams Strickland, 61, was born in Coral Gables Oct. 16, 1956 and died Feb. 14, 2018 at Westchester Hospital in Miami.

A member of St Philip Episcopal Church, he attended Coral Gables HS, and graduated from Christopher Columbus HS. A proud War Eagle, after attending Auburn University, he settled back home in Coral Gables.

Ed was a phenomenal mathematician and sports historian who loved music and sports. He played on the high school golf team. His sports favorites were golfer Jack Nicklaus, baseball player Mickey Mantle and the NY Yankees, football quarterback Bob Griese and the Miami Dolphins, and the Miami Marlins baseball team. He loved all manner of music especially classic rock from The Beatles to The Who.

He is preceded in death by his parents,
Theresa Williams Strickland and Edward Thurstone Strickland of Coral Gables. He is survived by his younger sister Tracy Strickland Sas (husband Guy) and his niece and nephew, Taylor Ashley Sas and Jonathan Lyons Sas of Tampa.

The family is eternally grateful for his lifelong friend, Greg Law, who demonstrated the love of Christ for Ed and was there for him through his health struggles and assured him of his salvation in Christ.

Valles Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Donations in Ed’s memory can be made to Greg’s church, Old Cutler Presbyterian Church in Miami. www.ocpc.org

Here are some more pics of Ed over the years.

A 9/11 Prayer from my daughter, Taylor Sas

From Taylor Sas

In light of the natural disasters that have been so prevalent in these past weeks-whether they be Harvey or Irma or the earthquake in Mexico-the devastation and the lives lost as a result may draw away from the memory of the lives lost years ago on 9/11. 

We are never far away from great tragedy, but we are also never far away from great beauty. In the darkest of times, humanity shows its face by unifying to help those who have gone through life altering trauma. Hurricanes, terror attacks, and loss of life are devastating. But our ability to step forward to serve and to pray for those who have been hit harder than us, connects us in an amazing way. 

Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary of doing good.” And 1 John 3:18 says, “Let us not merely say that we love each other, let us show the truth by our actions.” 
My prayers are with those in the Caribbean, in Mexico, in Texas, in Florida, those who are remembering their loved ones in the anniversary of a terrible day, and those across the globe whose struggles have not come to light.

Not all Christians make atheists

Worth a read. We are all on this journey and we are far from perfect.

Radio Free Florida

I’ve done some shitty things in my life. I’m not guilty of any of the things required by Hedy Lamarr to be in his posse (except being a Methodist), but I’ve had my moments.

But, I’ve done some bad things. I am, in many ways, what some Christians would say makes a person unworthy for heaven. And that condemnation’s a big turnoff. According to this article from a guy named John Pavlovitz, the reason the Christian church is declining in the West is because of, well, Christians.

I’ve done it. If you’re Christian, you’ve probably done it, too. Hell, Jesus even did it. He made a whip and drove the dirty pagan bastards out of the Temple. But Jesus wasn’t typically angry and judgemental.

When it came to people we would consider sinners (the condemned woman, the woman at the well, even a dirty stinking tax collector), Jesus was remarkably…

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