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Goodbye, American!

A farewell to our nation's beloved radio newsman

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
February 28, 2009

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Goodbye, American!

Mr. Harvey,
while standing by
for the news today,
we heard sad news
that has cast a pall
over our nation.
Newscasters are reporting
that you are dead.
It's not a good day.

All the same,
Americans' sadness
is sweet sorrow.
It is good grief.
Our lives are wealthier
because you invested your life
in us.

Like the famous apostle
whose name you bore,
your message has impacted millions.
And as was true of Saint Paul,
your words will continue to live on.

Whether spoken or written,
your daily epistles
were missals of truth and life
sprinkled with grace and peace.
You reported on
what others failed to see
(or refused to).

You would not simply
give the headlines
related to our sin-tinged world.
To you, the top of the front page
was rarely the bottom line of truth.
There was always
"the rest of the story."

And now, Mr. Harvey,
page five.
At long last,
you are experiencing
the rest of your story.
The ultimate rest stop
on the adventure of a lifetime.
Eternal rest.

And while we struggle
with feelings of loss this day,
you've gained what no one
can ever take from you.
Life after death
with the very One
who conquered death
through his post-crucifixion
resurrection.
That's the Gospel truth.
That's Good News.

In light of that,
we do not simply bid you
goodbye, Mr. Harvey.
Many of us will see you again.
And to that end,
employing two little words
that marked your work
for seven long decades,
we simply say
"Good Day!"

* Also check out "Hello Americans, This is Paul Harvey," my tribute to Paul Harvey's 89th birthday posted on The Partial Observer on September 7, 2007. You can also read my tribute to Paul's wife Angel Harvey who died last year. It's titled "His Angel's Up in Heaven" and was posted on this website July 11, 2008.

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Claudia from Chicago, IL writes:
March 10, 2009
Yes, we will miss Mr. Harvey's cheerful voice, and the true, under-the-radar stories he told us. He was one-of-a-kind - and was always kind! He loved people, and loved His Lord. He and Angel are now dancing and praising God, at the finish line, for His infinite goodness to them. We are sad because we got left behind when PH finished his course. But, we will meet again!

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