It was quite a shock when I saw that a young father who went running was missing. You usually see a female running alone ending up missing. Very rarely it's a man. After being missing four days, it was not really a shock, but disappointment in the fact that this father of a young child and husband to a wife would not be coming to his earthly home.
Because he was called Home.
While we don't know the circumstances, one thing is for certain: this father and husband won't be returning to his family. By all information, this man knew and loved the Lord.
And while we certainly want to go home to our Father someday, we also have a responsibility to our loved ones to prevent it from happening to us.
Well, while nothing will completely keep us from something happening, we can be proactive.
At roadid.com one can purchase identification for themselves for under $20:
Road ID also has an app:
You can let contacts know you are running and how long you will be gone:
It will also alert your contacts if you are stationary for 5 minutes.
And there is a HORRIBLE alert sound you can make the phone make
Also, a lot has to be said for the FindMyFriends app. A little bit stalker-type, but useful.
Unfortunately, that won't change what happened to Chad Rogers. Whatever it was, he is now running with his Father. Which is awesome for him.
But tough for his family.
"Through death into life everlasting
He passed and we follow Him there
Over us sin no more hath dominion,
For more than conquerors we are!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace."
~Helen Limmel, 1922, "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"