All events in life are interconnected.
My favorite novel from my time at Appalachian State was “All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren. The theme of this novel is the “great spider web theory.” If the spider web is touched at any point, the touch echoes throughout the web. Any decision or interaction has an impact on future events and touches countless others.
It was by pure coincidence that I met “Jack” (name changed to protect confidentiality) a few months ago. I don’t know the circumstances by which he was found homeless under a bridge in Lincolnton, near death. I do know that I need to understand how homelessness happens to so many people right here in our hometown.
Somewhere along life’s way, Jack encountered a situation that he could not recover from. It could have been job loss, mounting medical bills, a traumatic event, an addiction. It really does not matter, because any of these issues can happen to any one of us: no one is immune.
Thankfully, a local organization got Jack the immediate medical care that he desperately needed. They then provided housing and found him a suitable place to recover.
Unfortunately, it proved to be too late. Jack died from a terminal illness last Thursday.
No formal services are planned.
With the time he had left, Jack polished his artistic skills and ministered to others in similar situations. His presence on the spider’s web touched many lives, including mine.
Rest in peace, Jack. You made a difference, whether you knew it or not.
--- Martha Seagle is a Lincoln County native. She and husband Thom live in Iron Station. They have two children, Jeb Seagle and Stacey Sheppard, both of whom live in South Carolina.
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