By Martin Otto-Zimmann
In January of 2017, I had the privilege of accompanying Pastors Rob and Sharron Blezard on a trip to the Holy Land. It was wonderful to see my friends savoring the moments and relating to the “Fifth Gospel.” Sharron easily intuited the gravitas of her surroundings, imbibing the layers of emotional valence accumulated from the millions of pilgrims who came before her. One of her many gifts is being fully present, and I was blessed to witness her response to the well-worn steps of this journey to the land of Christ.
Sharron recently finished another journey through metastatic cancer. It did not end the way we had hoped it would. She did, however, bring deep and lasting peace to the people who faithfully followed her on Facebook and read her Lectionary notes on the SOLI website from week to week. For Sharron, the struggle with cancer and finitude (which most of us would rather not deal with until we receive our own prognosis) gave way to a blessed state of contemplation and insight that few people ever articulate very well.
I also want to highlight how Rob was incredibly present during this time. He is exceptionally courageous and deeply faithful to the marriage, knowing only full well the meaning of the “in sickness and in health” phrase that many of us simply mumble without much introspection. He continues to be a strong partner in ministry, and I hope those of you reading this will surround him with love and prayer as he faces this new chapter of life without Sharron’s presence.
The Stewardship of Life Institute Board of Directors joins with me in giving deep thanks to God for the life and witness of the Rev. Sharron Blezard. Her writings in our archives will be a treasure trove for future generations of pastors who seek to plumb the depths of how to connect people to God’s gift of stewardship of our lives and resources. Thank you, Sharron, dear friend and mentor. If your experience in the Holy Land is any indication, then you are fully embracing this new and wondrous chapter of life eternal. Blessings to you on your journey.
In Hope of the Resurrection,
Stewardship of Life Institute
Click here for a full obituary for the Rev. Sharron R. Blezard.