Anyone who’s read my blog and comments will be familiar with one of my most loyal readers, Arnie Fleck.
He didn’t always agree with me, and he was also never afraid to say so. Our discussions were often lively yet always respectful—with some humor thrown in now and then.
Whenever I wrote an entry, especially with regard to Jesus, scripture, or religion in general, I always thought of him and tried to anticipate his reaction. Doing so always helped me make certain I made my stance clear so as not to awaken the dragon who learned how to argue in law school.
I tease, but his love of Jesus, scripture, and law, and to always look deeper has always inspired me.
He passed away on April 1, 2021 at the age of 63.
I will miss him, his words, his encouragement, and, yes, his almost eager willingness to disagree, but I also look forward to the same lively discussions when I, too, reach beyond this mortal veil.
God speed, my friend.
Last night I watched Episode 2, Season 2 of The Chosen, and it undid me. I bet I blubbered for five minutes after the show ended.
In one scene, the character, Nathanial, cried out to God when a building he designed failed, and how could he fail when everything he did was for God’s glory? At one point he even asked, “Why have you turned your face from me?”
Later he meets Jesus, and one of the first things Jesus said was, “I could not turn my face from you.”
I can’t count how many times I felt as though Jesus has turned away, that all I do—or at least attempt to do—to glorify him is nothing but ash, meaningless, without purpose, a waste of time.
Yet Jesus has not turned away from me, or any of us who seeks him out. We just have to be patient and understand that how we’re using our talents/skills today may take an entirely different turn tomorrow. That our failure may instead be a new opportunity, and Jesus is ever present, ever aware, and will never turn his face away.
Keep that date in mind (although I will remind you again and again ad nauseam).
Why, do you ask? Because one of my short stories is included in an upcoming Havok anthology, and April 23rd is the official launch party.
Not to sound too braggadocios, but I think it’s one of my best (so far).