Tribute for Nathan Barrett (1991-2017)
How Job was able to utter the words, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord,” we cannot really understand. In a moment when his world was crashing in, in his tragedy, Job chose to give the glory to God.
On Saturday, July 1, 2017 as most Canadians celebrated the 150th anniversary of our great country, we heard the devastating news – Canada had lost a good citizen and heaven had gained a great one. Nathan Barrett, our friend and a friend-to-all, worked tirelessly to help people and bring glory to God. His indefatigable work ethic was a testimony to his own stubborn fortitude, his faith, a godly family, and God’s matchless grace. Yet he was always willing to stop and talk. His easy laugh and broad smile shone heaven’s radiance and constantly made you feel welcome and at ease no matter how intense the moment seemed. He met every challenge with an even, can-do, calm and positive attitude. He lived to serve others. Now, his living to serve others has come to an end and he has been welcomed to heaven by a fellow carpenter, Jesus Christ Himself. He has fought a good fight, he has finished a good course, he has kept an incredible faith for us to follow and I am sure he has heard the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Though through this time we grieve, we also rejoice in a powerful legacy. How many 26-year-old men in society today leave an undeniable testimony of faithfulness for so many of us as witnesses? We, at Word of Life, have been honoured to know and serve with Nathan Barrett as a student, intern, Summer and Winter Camp Staff, and friend and we cannot wait to see him again in glory.