Last week I saw a Facebook status that brought me grief. It said that Paul Ffrench, class of ’76, had died.
Paul was one of my friends and it pained me greatly to know that this had happened, despite the fact that I have not seen Paul in 35 years.
Other high school friends were also grieved.
And so began our quest to find out when, where, and how this happened.
I began to search the Internet. If someone has died, there has to be an obituary somewhere.
Now, unknown to me the others were doing pretty much the same thing.
I found where Paul’s dad had died and he was one of the surviving children.
I found Paul’s marriage.
I found those that may be related to him. Some of those names I also found on Facebook so I messaged one of them. I explained who I was and what I was doing.
I message the originator of the status that said Paul had died. She put me in touch with the person that told her. I then messaged that person, from whom I have yet to hear.
After searching for several hours I could not find an obituary.
The next day I arrive at work and began doing my show-prep when I hear the familiar sound of a Facebook message.
I nearly fell off my chair. It was from Paul Ffrench, who said that rumors of his death had been greatly exaggerated.
That’s an understatement.
It seems the one relative I contacted was his nephew, who emailed Paul, who then messaged me.
I don’t know how this rumor mill started but I know how it ended.
I also know the only real source of truth is in the Bible and I’m going to stick more to what it says.
I found these words, “I tell you the truth…” said by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Gospel writers record in combination that He said it 68 times, including “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life.” John 6:47
What a great reminder that truth brings life and rumors bring death!
I’ll stick with the truth!