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What she (you all) said...

Dear Family and Friends,

So much has been said by all of you - by friends, family, and hospital staff during Max's illness; on this Caring Bridge Guestbook, FaceBook, emails, and texts; during face-to-face encounters at the visitation and memorial services, and meal deliveries; in stacks of sympathy cards surrounding me at Max's dinner table as I write this.

You have said it best. And what you have said has been invaluable to Max's family.  Thank you.

Yesterday, a dear friend posted a heartfelt blog passage. It communicated an important and hopefully enduring message for us all as we reflect on the past weeks and the days ahead.  I encourage you to take a few minutes to read and ponder it.

Follow this link to Terry Martinson Elton's comments on the "First Third" blog at Luther Seminary.

Much has also been said in local and national media.  This attention has caused mixed emotions, while also creating opportunities to share Max's "Love to the Max" message.  In that regard, I want to share something Tom shared with his church staff yesterday. 

"I want to speak a bit to the media attention because
that has been something that we didn’t expect and has caused some internal
tension for us. We will be doing an interview with CNN tomorrow morning. We
don’t know yet if this is the right decision, but we feel very strongly that
part of what we can do to heal and bring good from this is to tell the story of
who Max was and how he modeled Matthew 22:37-39 to love God and love people.
What we don’t want is for people to think that we are taking advantage of this
situation through the media for personal gain. I suppose there is a certain
amount of risk in whatever we do. We have tried to make it very clear to the
media that our primary goal (and the bigger story) is to inspire people to
return to the things that are of utmost important in this life, like loving God
and loving people. Max exemplified that."

'nuf said,

Phil Schwolert

ps. I would be remiss if I did not mention  You may have heard that Max's friends have already sold 780 "Love to the Max" t-shirts.  This site has been set up to sell additional shirts, with proceeds going to support youth ministries at Max's church, Faith Lutheran Church.