Wednesday, September 5, 2007
At the tender age of 8 I met him. At this young age he was already quite...unique. I recall running through the back alleys of our chuch at the corner of Amar and Azusa. He was even in my aunt's wedding over 15 years ago.
I don't recall the first time I met him (#2). I was a little older by now. He was shy and quite, but I knew there was a hidden strength and unadulterated character within him. He had an uncanny resemblance to my cousin. The name just stuck.
Elementary school. Junior high. High school. They flew by like a blur. Then a trial hit me during my first year of college and they were there to listen and make me laugh. This was the summer. The summer I'll never forget. Car rides. Jam sessions on the grass. Praising our Lord in the cool of the night. Late night talks on the swing. Talks on the bench. Drives to LA. Pictures of the pyramid. Praying. Laughing. Loving. This was the summer.
Then he left. He went to serve our Lord and serve our country. My Cuz. He's been gone for quite some time now and I miss him so much. I heard his voice last week and it brought both tears of sadness and tears of joy to my eyes. It was so nice to talk to him, but it hurt knowing that he was so far away and in danger. But he'll be home soon, and the Lord is watching over him.
Then he left. He went to serve our Lord and grow in his service to others. He's been gone a few days. I know I will miss him so much. We were able to hang out a few days ago and the fact that he was leaving brought tears of sadness and tears of joy. I will miss our talks and the way he makes me laugh, but I know this is where the Lord wants him. Our God will use this to grow his knowledge and love for Him. And he'll be home in a few years, and the Lord is watching over him.
To my Cuz and Yek. I love you two and I miss you guys. You two are a big part of my life and I truly care for you guys. I'm praying for you and I'm excited for what the Lord has in store for you. I praise God for how He is growing you and making you to love Him more. I praise God for your obedience to the Father's calling. May you continue to grow in grace, my dear brothers. I LOVE YOU GUYS! God has blessed me with my wonderful and everlasting friendship with you two...and because of this...I smile!