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Glenn. Fred. Yesterday.

February 6, 2021

This display was a small part of yesterday’s service celebrating 99-year-old Glenn’s life.

Let me be clear: I loved him, and as I asked in my homily yesterday, how could you not?

The highlight of the service for me came during the postlude when the pandemically restricted group filed forward to play final respects to Glenn.

One of them slowly made his way closer. I recognized his walk before seeing his eyes above his mask.

He was Fred. Glenn and Fred had been close friends for decades.

With permission from both men, it had been my honor to take Fred with me to visit Glenn back when such things were possible. Those times, the amazing conversations between the two, and all three of us praying together are moments in my ministry’s highlight reel.

Fred stopped at the casket.

That’s when it happened.

I was off to the side, heard myself gasp and realized I had leaned, or maybe even slightly fallen, onto the wall behind me.

In slow motion, Fred was standing at attention.

In slower motion, he began to salute his friend.

As a pastor, I’ve witnessed many Military Honors at graveside services., and they never fail to impress and move me.

But Fred.

Yesterday.

Fred topped them all yesterday.

I refer you to Romans 12:10, Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Glenn, Fred…thank you for lessons taught and lived.

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