I think it was John Edwards (Scriptor Senex) who said on his blog that he no longer will say "blogging" friends when he speaks of his fellow bloggers but will simply call them "friends". I didn't understand the truth of this until I heard this news of Denzil's death.
I can't tell you how happy it made me when Denzil finally made it to Arabia Mountain. He loved the trails around this area but he had never been to Arabia Mountain. When he finally DID visit there, you can tell how he was amazed and thrilled by the experience. Denzil was such a wonderful writer. Now that I have given you that link, you may read his other posts, all such masterpieces of writing. He wrote about his mother's death last June and I just went back and read it again and it is just as I remembered it, just incredible that he could write something so perfectly after suffering such a loss.
He also wrote in the most eloquent way about his Christian faith. Not preachy about it, just honestly and openly and with perfect sincerity.
The last words to the "The Three Bells" are...
"May his soul find the salvation
Of thy great eternal love".
Sometimes, people will arrange the rocks on Arabia Mountain and I always ask Richard to take a photo of them. (They are never left that way for long, someone will always come along and destroy the beauty of it.) I can't help but think that Denzil Pugh would have stopped and admired this too.
The flowers that you can see on our local monadnocks (Stone Mountain, Panola Mountain and Arabia Mountain) are truly spectacular. Somehow, to see them against the background of the rock just sets them off perfectly. For example, the flowers on the prickly pear cactus are very beautiful...these must be blooming for Denzil.
Isaiah 35:1King James Version (KJV)
The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.