I Am Stunned and Saddened

Social media guru RickCaffeinated dies of natural causes before crash.

I met Rick through blogs4God in late 2002/early 2003 where we were both moderators. He and I exchanged friendly barbs via our blogs and got to be friends. When I was denied candidacy for ministry in the ELCA in 2003, he was one of the people who helped me pick up the shattered pieces of my confidence. When I had an ovarian cyst and insurance decided not to pay for it, he sent me some money to help me pay some of my medical bills with the stipulation that I not worry about paying him back. He guest-posted when I was on vacation and we exchanged Christmas cards. Our friendship continued on Twitter where I would mock him and his wife when their tweets got too mushy for me.

People talk about how the Internet is a faceless place. I beg to differ. He was part of a community of people online who came with me on every one of my moves as a pastor’s wife. My world is definitely better place because he was part of it.

Please pray for his wife Vicki and their kids Trace and Cammi.

As a way of paying tribute to him here, I’m linking his guest posts.

Guest Blogging & Politics
Giving Props
Winter Weather

God speed, Rick. I look forward to you showing me all the cool coffee places when we meet again someday in Heaven.

5 thoughts on “I Am Stunned and Saddened

  1. Oh no! 🙁
    It’s been many years since I’d spoken directly with Rick, but he always was such a kindhearted man. I’m so sad to hear that he has passed.

  2. God??s comfort during this time of loss. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

    Lord God, we come to You this day giving You thanks for the life that Rick shared with many, especially his wife, Vicki and Trace and Cammi. May You comfort them and all other family and friends. Uphold them all with Your infinite love. For Jen, sustain her and surround her with Your love in her grief. We also rejoice in the victory he now has in Jesus Christ; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen

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