“How is my favorite guard?”
After a brief pause, Nate recognized me in spite of the cap I was wearing that covered my bald head. Decades had passed since the last time we visited. Back in the day, he had speed to burn in the Hobart Bearcat backfield, and I had the responsibility of creating a gap for him to run through. A leg injury cut his career short, but our friendship continued.
We passed from Francis Willard Elementary School through Eugene Field Elementary School into Junior High and eventually became members of the Hobart class of 1974. Nate was a great athlete, but he was much more than an athlete. Nate was also an artist and a good student and a fine person. I still have a painting hanging in my study that he did of my grandfather. I still remember a cobra he sculpted. I enjoyed art. Nate became an artist.
Throughout his adult life Nate has remained a renaissance man. He provides tech support and paints signs and owns and operates a barbeque restaurant. I had surprised him in his restaurant, which is located in the building that once was the Dairy Queen located at the end of the drag on Main Street. His gray whiskers looked classy against his black skin.
“Let me introduce you to my business partner. She has been a friend of our family for over thirty years.”
Then came the sentence that made me so happy that I had interrupted my visit with my mother to see if I could catch Nate.
“This is who led me to Christ.”
Carolyn smiled. Nate went on to recount what I had said to him.
“Don’t you remember? You said you didn’t want me to think you were weird.”
I did remember. We were leaving the art room in the basement and I told Nate I loved him and Christ loved him. I don’t remember what I said after that. Nate did. Later on in life he had surrendered his life to Christ. He had been playing keyboard at his church for thirty years. His wife had passed in 2008, and he had dealt with a bit of cancer, but he still found much for which to praise the Lord. We will enjoy heaven together.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
- Sundays Sermon “Healthy Churches” Matthew 18:10-14
- LifeGroup Attendance on September 1 – 614
- GriefShare – this Sunday, September 8 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
- FBC Movie Night “Breakthrough” this Sunday, September 8 at 6:00 p.m.
- Wednesday Evening Meal at 5:00 p.m., Beans w/ ham and fried potatoes