As you probably know, Alex Trebek, the long time host of the TV show Jeopardy, passed away this week from Pancreatic cancer. As I watched the various news reports on his passing, I was reminded of my own fond memories of watching the show and how perfect Alex was as the host. Smart, quick and a subtle sense of humor, allowed him to command the show with apparent ease. The show paid a lovely tribute to his honor and I think we all felt a sense of sadness that this household figure was now gone.
One particular news report I was watching, had a reporter on the street randomly asking people about his death and how they felt about it. Now, I understand that they'll interview dozens of people and pick the best one or two that will stir some emotions inside of us. The reporter was speaking to one woman who looked like she was in her mid-sixties. She professed that she was a tremendous fan of the show and Alex himself and couldn't believe that "my Alex is gone." As the reporter attempted to dig deeper into her feelings, she began to cry. Not that her eyes were welling up with tears, as can be very common when we think about the death of someone who has a spot in our hearts, even if we don't know them personally, but she began to full on cry. It was difficult for her to speak her words and you can tell that his passing was very personal to her. The thing that was interesting to me, was that around her neck, she was wearing a crucifix. Many people will wear a cross these days, but wearing a crucifix seems to have become scarce.
When a loved one dies, it's easy for us to become very emotional. We cry, seek the comfort of others and seem to have an overall sadness about us. When someone we don't know personally, but is still involved in our life in some capacity dies, we feel a sense of sadness. This actor, musician, author etc. has touched our life in some way and we feel a sense of loss.
As this woman was in tears over the death of Alex Trebek, I couldn't help but wonder if she had ever shed a tear over the death of our Lord. Is Jesus so far removed from us that the death of celebrities, stir more emotions in us than His death? Jesus gave His life for you and I. Through prayer, we should have an extremely personal and intimate relationship with Jesus. If we took some time to read more about Him, just as we take time to watch our shows, we'd be as acquainted with Him as we are with the lives of the celebrities we love so much.
If we had any sense of how much love Jesus has for us, we'd probably spend some time in tears every day thinking about how He gave His life so that we could have the opportunity to live. Let's not lose sight of our priorities. Remember the one death that truly has an impact on your life. While admiring those who do come into our lives through TV, movies, books and radio, let's not forget the one who gave the ultimate sacrifice for each and every one of us. Remember Him with tears and thanks. Try to place yourself in front of His cross. If you do, you'll be amazed where your heart will take you.
The only way to Heaven? Who is Jesus.
Peace, good and blessings.