Day 13: Peace Out, Brother

I have to be honest with you … I’ve had a very hard time writing a blog today. You see, while I was standing on my street corner, someone stopped to tell me that a friend of mine had been killed in a car wreck. His name was Ken Murray. I’ve only known him for  a little less than a year, but we became friends quickly. If you’ve been reading my blogs, you’ve probably seen his comments. He was one of Prove It’s most vocal supporters. Ken was my therapist, but he was also a good friend, so most of my sessions turned into conversations between friends instead of therapist/patient exchanges. And he never charged me a dime; he would always say, “I’m charging you what you charge those you serve.” From what I understand, he often took patients that no one else would take because of their financial limitations. He told me more than once, “A person should be mentally healthy even if they’re poor.”

When you’re in ministry, it’s very hard to trust someone enough to talk to them about your demons. With Ken, that was never an issue. In fact, even though he knew my secrets, he still cheered me on—and in a recent post, he called me one of his heroes. Talk about someone’s words giving you the courage to move mountains! To tell you the truth, without Ken’s encouragement, I don’t know that I would have “had it together” enough to prove anything these last two weeks.

The last time I saw Ken was a week ago, on the very street corner where I was told of his death. He brought me some food, and we were planning how we could team up and save the world—because that’s what guys like us do.  🙂

Ken was a giant in a man’s body. He definitely left his mark on a lot of lives. To some, he was a war hero, to others he was a friend, brother, husband, father, son, or therapist. But there are some things we know for sure about Ken: that he loved God and his family with all his heart … and that every day of his life, he showed the world he cared, and with every breath of his body he proved it.

Peace out, Brother.

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12 thoughts on “Day 13: Peace Out, Brother

  1. Kenny, I may not be there tomorrow at “Prove It” but I am going to contribute to your Prove It Movement. I had already committed to other things this week (trying to help a good Christian man with the election coming up), etc, but even though I don’t have the good paying job I did a year ago I am still going to help monetarily.

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  2. Peace be with you, Ken. Thank you for a life lived for others, the best life a person can have. Rest now in the arms of your Savior. We’ll see you on the High Ground.

    “God will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more mourning or death or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. ”

    So very sorry for your loss, Kenny.

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  3. I am so very sorry for your loss. We feel loss whether a family member or friend, just the same. The void is still there. I am pleased that you were on of the many fortunate/blessed people who had the pleasure of knowing Ken Murray.

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  4. Thank you Kenny I am Ken’s Aunt Janet and I really appreciate your wonderful words about Ken. He was so excited about your ministry and put your blog on his facebook page to send to friends and family. I know he will be in heaven watching you and smiling as you achieve your goals.

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  5. Ken was an inspiration to us all. May you continue your journey in God’s grace. Beautifully written. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Ken was one of the best instructors I have ever had. He never stopped being my teacher even after my classes with him were complete. I could contact him anytime and know that he would respond when he could. There are not enough words to convey the positive influence he had on those around him, and his absence will be deeply felt throughout our community.

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  7. What a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful soul. Thank you for sharing the walk you took with Kenneth Scott. We are cousins and our family called him Scottie when we were growing up and then as he became a young man he was called Kenneth Scott. Whatever one calls him, he was someone who has touched hundreds of lives for the better and a true inspiration for all. Thank you for sharing your kind words about such a loving and giving man.

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  8. Kenny, I am so very sorry about the loss of your friend. Praying for you and thankful for you and what you do and stand for. I’m not able to help so far away but I do pray and have signed up for a monthly donation.

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  9. May I ask for a request of prayer please? August 2 is Kenneth Murray’s birthday, this is Ken Murray’s Dad. Please keep him in your prayers during this difficult time. Thank you.

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