Sunday, October 18th is an anniversary date. That is not a milestone by any means, but rather a tragic date in the minds and hearts of family, friends and devoted fans. It is the 25th Anniversary of Jon-Erik Hexum's death. I must honestly admit the day would have easily passed my mind, if not for others reminding me. I suppose that is because I don't like to dwell on death, who really does? Rather, I will always marvel at his exuberance, the youthful, boundless energy and enthusiasm that was his inspiring spark of life.
I don't have anything planned for this day, nor any specific honors, it is not something that I necessarily or conscientiously do. My website updates and creations, stories, fan videos, etc..come as they come, but I will say this...
The memory of Jon or Jack, as he is fondly known, is strong to all those that loved him and those that continue to support him by being true fans. Every time you watch an episode of Voyagers or any of his work, you are keeping him alive, every endearing comment or thought, keeps him alive. The fanwork and promotion that has been tirelessly put in throughout the years, all of that combined, keeps him alive.
I have a deep belief that Jon is safely in God's memory. He will live again. While it's troubling to think of/know anyone who has died, I hold a strong faith in the resurrection right here on our beautiful earth under peaceful, happy, paradisaic conditions. Those are wonderful promises God has made to mankind through his inspired word, the bible.
“The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”—John 5:28, 29.
“There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.”—Acts 24:15.
“God loved the world [of mankind] so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.”—John 3:16.
“Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth.” (Matthew 6:10)
“God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”—Revelation 21:3, 4.
“As the last enemy, death is to be brought to nothing.” (1 Corinthians 15:26)
It's not my intention take away anyone's right to mourn or be saddened, because it's very sad, it's tragedy. However, when I think of those I have personally lost and others who have died like Jon, it also helps me to continue strengthening faith in the promises above and other scriptures. Rather than dwell with a heavy heart, I look to the future with hope of seeing those I love and those I want to meet, and Jon is definitely near the very top of my list.
Smile as he would, laugh deeply and heartily as he would, crack jokes, drop the diet and go to popeyes or Denny's...then finish it off with a sweaty workout! :) Enjoy your precious life, just as Jon enjoyed his, not focusing on the bad, but the good, let the sweet things about him inspire you and it's in that way, he will not be forgotten.