Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Most Unforgettable Character I Ever Met!

Dear SoupFriends,

Greetings from the SoupMan!

At the SoupMobile, we’ve lost one of our own. On February 11, 2014 Mackie Choice, at the age of 57  passed away. He had been recently diagnosed with lung cancer that had metastasized and spread throughout his body. Unfortunately his condition was inoperable. 

Mack had a long history with the SoupMobile and he will be sorely missed. He touched many lives in a positive way and his personal story has inspired many.  Readers Digest Magazine used to have a long running series called ‘The Most Unforgettable Character I Ever Met.’

In many ways Mack was that ‘Unforgettable Character’ in my own life. I first met Mack back in 2003 when I was just starting the SoupMobile. I was a rookie, green behind the ears guy who just wanted to feed the homeless. Mack was a homeless guy who had survived many years on the streets using just his wits and a lot of street smarts. We were two guys from different worlds but over the years we bonded together and formed a powerful friendship.

The SoupMobile was able to give Mack a helping hand many times over the years. It was always a ‘Hand Up’, not a ‘hand out.’ However it wasn’t just a one way street. Many times over the years Mack blessed the SoupMobile with his own special brand of kindness. He wasn’t a perfect man, but then none of us are. There is only one perfect one and it’s Jesus. Mack had a gracious spirit, kind heart and loving grace. I take great solace in knowing that Mack knew Jesus.  And while we will miss Mack here on this earth, we know he is now in the loving arms of Jesus. 

Yes, we’ve lost one of our own. We mourn his loss but rejoice in the knowledge that Mack has found his eternal home with Jesus.

Tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us but I know someday I will meet Mack again. Meanwhile the most ‘Unforgettable Character’ I’ve ever met will be blessing heaven with his own special brand of joyousness.

GodSpeed to you Mackie Choice! 

Signed, David Timothy, a.k.a. The SoupMan

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