…was at Walgreens today. I was picking up some aspirin, and I was thinking that I wish that on such a beautiful day that I wouldn’t have such a bad headache. The cashier asked the person in front of me if she would like to donate a dollar or five to the mda. She gave a dollar, I checked out and the cashier asked if there was anything else, and I said I would donate five to the mda. It made me think of when I headed up the LAMB(least among my brethern program) with Council 6700 in Gastonia, and it reminded me of a speech I gave before the council and LAMB participants that we had no need for labels and that we should just look at it as helping our friends. Now I have realized that they are not the least among us but in fact the greatest among us because they are ever more aware of their dependence on the grace of God.
I know Phil from our law school class. He went missing yesterday and this was his status update the day before. I keep praying for a miracle and that God extends grace and mercy to him and his family. Phil was one of the few people in my class who sat down with me and asked about who I am and how I got to Southern Illinois. He is one of the few people with whom I have shared my heart about what God is doing and why He led me here.
Phil, thank you for expressing your wit so brilliantly in class, for being such a genuine person, and for creating so many memorable moments for our classes. Part of me mourns that these words of appreciation might be written too late…