More response to Whitmarsh


Rod Horrell and his wife owned Dream Dinners, one in West Hills and another in Camarillo. At the end of 2008, they lost the business. Then they lost their home.

Horrell, who calls himself “a big sports fan,” is moving with his family, which includes two young kids, to Monument, Colorado, just north of Colorado Springs, after living in Southern California for their entire lives, more than 40 years.

In response to the column in today’s Daily News on the passing of Mike Whitmarsh (linked here), Rod said he was compelled to send an email.

Here’s part of it:

I have been a volleyball fan for more than 20 years and was saddened to hear about the passing of Mike Whitmarsh last week. It has been really tragic to hear of many that have taken their life and in some cases, their families, over the last several months because of the economic situation they were in.

I wanted to touch on what I am personally going through in regards to economic loss. (The loss of their job and home) was definitely frustrating as we put so much of our time, effort and money to make it work. In the end, it all fell apart.

Where do you turn in a situation like this? I did do my best to talk with other business owners, my pastor, friends and prayer. A lot of it did not avail to much. After speaking to my pastor (for the record, I am a Christian), I came to the realization of how beat down I actually was. Up until then, I didn’t realize how much it was really affecting me. I had been praying, as well as my wife, but nothing had really changed for a period of time. I came upon a couple of verses that I’d like to share.

Philippians 4:6-7
6 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7 – And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

For me, I prayed, I believed, but I just kind of went through the motion with what was going on. I came to realization that I can not handle this anymore, it was too overwhelming by myself. I prayed to God and let Him know I cannot handle this, it’s too big, beyond me. I prayed that my businesses, my house, all that I have is Yours, do what You want with them, whatever the result is, I know You are in control. There was more in the prayer but I think you get the idea.

About a day and a half later, I realized a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. It was freeing! Verse 7, which says, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” is so true. Honestly, it is a miracle to me and truly does surpass all comprehension.

Whether someone, including me, has family, friends, acquaintances, business associates, etc., they can all fail you and will (think about that for a moment). It could be something little or very big, but they can fail you. God, through Christ Jesus will not fail you! He is unchangeable. He is the same all the time.

I am still dealing with the ramifications of a failed business, losing the house, etc., but my attitude is 180 degrees from where it was.

Honestly, I don’t believe I have ever written in response to anything I have read in the paper before. I just felt lead to share with you what I have been going through. Thank you for taking the time to read this and keep up the good work in the paper.

Best regards,

Rod Horrell

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