Monday, June 8, 2009 1:18 AM
It is with great sadness that I relay the news to you that Neal McAfee passed away last night, Saturday, June 6, 2009 around 5:45pm at Prestonwood Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. The nurses said that he had had the best day in a long time. He was talkative telling all of them about the book he wrote, The Holocaust Memories of Rosy Mandel. It was a very peaceful end to a long struggle to regain his mobility after suffering a massive stroke on October 7, 2008. I know as you do that he is in a better place now and no longer suffers the pain of this world. It was no accident that Rosy Mandel also passed away on June 6 (2005) on the day of her birthday. The 6th was also the day of Neal?s birth in the month of March. It appears he chose the time he wanted to exit the stage of this world. Neal was taken to the Allen Family Funeral Home, 2120 Spring Creek, Plano, TX 75093 last night. You can contact his oldest son, Neal Jr. for any particulars about his burial wishes. After the cremation he will be returned to WA to rest next to his mother. Neal McAfee Jr.?s address is[masked]th St. SE, Lake Stevens, WA 98258 [masked]-1025. His email is [address removed].
Neal never stopped thinking or talking like a writer. Shortly after his stroke he asked for a pen to write down a poem that he has carried in his head while in the hospital. It was a poem describing the real meaning of communion and he wanted to title it The Inner-Workings of Communion. He was very intent on sharing that poem to anyone that would listen. Since he could not write immediately after his stroke I recorded his words and reconstructed them in a poem type format. I read this back to him many times and he made changes and corrections. I am enclosing the poem in its final state. I believe this is what Neal would want you to have as his last gift to you. This past week on Thursday he asked me what day it was. I told him it was Thursday and asked him why he wanted to know. He said he wanted to go to church on Sunday. He was reconciling his life, his past and his future.
Please remember that Neal McAfee may be gone in body but not in spirit. He lives on in the hearts of all of those he loved and that loved him. He was an amazing man who shared his heart willingly with others. I know you may have stories of humor, laughter, sadness, kindness or love that happened in the time you knew Neal. If you would care to share any of those memories or stories, please send them to me and I will make sure that his family hears them. It is a good thing to publicly honor and bless those we have loved. I will let you know if and when there is any memorial service for Neal in this area.
Thank you for being such a wonderful friend and companion to Neal on his journey in this lifetime.
The Inner-Workings of Communion
By Neal McAfee
One day I spoke to a young priest
who discussed his views on communion.
He said the sharing was like having a party.
That was the day my hair stood up on end.
Then later at church my minister, speaking to the congregation went on to explain,
a teaching that communion was now a celebration;
This was not the knowledge I had hoped to share or proclaim.
I knew it was not a party, nor the celebration I had heard from the pulpit that day.
I couldn?t wait any longer to reveal the values and inner-workings of communion,
that the budding preacher within me would say.
Communion is a more personal contact; it?s a way to give God your very own special gift.
When you are still, you find your heart open,
and suddenly your spirit will lift.
It?s hard to share it with others,
because it burrows so deep within your soul
all the way into the heart temple
where feeling the Holy Presence of God is the goal.
This connection to God at the railing?in the inner temple of your heart,
is one of the core values of communion,
and the point where we all want to start.
First we reestablish our commitment to God and our purpose.
Then on the return current comes comfort and peace.
Most importantly when you make that connection, your entire being is immediately healed
and the burdens you?ve unknowingly carried, have now been completely released.
*Inner-Workings = the way in which it operates internally
These thoughts were relayed to me after I suffered a massive stroke on October 7, 2008. On Monday, October 13 I asked for a pen to write down the poem I had written in my head while I was in the hospital. Unfortunately, I was not able to write at that time but on November 9 and 10 I once again spoke about my thoughts regarding communion. These thoughts were the essence of what was included in my poem even though I could no longer remember how I had originally written it. Therefore, this poem was created by a fellow writer who took my words and gave them form. It says what I want to convey and share with the community who may be interested in the message of spiritual communion as it was revealed to me.