If you knew Jeffrey, you likely have your own story. We would love to hear your story, and we share with you some of ours...
Jeffrey was a rare and precious soul, who took the hard knocks that life dealt him with pure dignity, poise, and deep resolve to truly seek, and to really know and love God. A spiritually gifted young man with extraordinarily deep insights. He had a beautiful, quiet dignity and spoke from behind his eyes. He was eloquence in motion. May his precious soul now soar in freedom until It returns to God, the Almighty!
I am happy knowing that every time I saw him I took the time to greet him, and linger a little longer. To always ask how he was and what he was doing and exchange a look of seeing each other. Not many people have those eyes -- the ones where they see you -- but he did. He inspired me and though we were unlikely friends with very different lives I felt I knew him well.
He was quiet and with that came a feeling of mystery, and it only encouraged me to push more each time we met- to unlock that secret he seemed to gleefully be hiding. I watched him, and I watched others with him. I noticed who would speak to him and who wouldn’t.
I can’t help but feel a great sense of loss for all those who didn’t get to know him. And for all of us, who knew him and know what we lost.
We were the same age and had a lot in common. We both loved Eminem. He used to walk around the apartment randomly singing Eminem. I was just thinking about his laugh; I loved his laugh. He also had a Maniacal laugh that I will never forget; he would do it as loud as he could randomly in dead silence in the halls of our apartment. He was funny, kind gentle and loving. I am glad I got to know him as much as I did. I am glad that he was a part of my life. He is and will always be family to me. I miss him greatly; the world feels emptier without him.
I first met Jeffrey Vernell Snipes last December and instantly felt like he was a brother. With his permission I am sharing his story that he recorded at the Soul Cafe, a story from Incarceration to Spiritual Enlightenment. He shares his experiences of incarceration and solitary confinement that led him to discover the spiritual truths of Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Sufism and finally Baha'i. In a world full of strife and intolerance, Jeffrey recognized the fundamental unity of the major world religions and fell in love with writings of the Bible, the Qur'an and those of the Bab and Baha'u'llah.
This is Jeffrey's story...
We know we can pray for the souls who have passed on and it helps them. We know we can do acts of service in their name and it helps them. We know they exist still -- and I believe that means we can talk to them and they will hear us. All that to say, if you have something on your heart that you feel you never had the chance to say to Jeffery -- tell him now.
Say it, out loud. Tell him you miss him, tell him about the guilt, tell him you wish you had the chance to see him again. Tell him how much he meant to you. He will hear you. I believe in that. And then make the time for him now, to pray for his soul to progress towards God; that will mean everything to him.
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