Today’s post comes to us from Ben.
Pastor Mike married us. And he baptized both kids.
A few years after that he moved back out to the West coast; a place where his soul really belonged.
We’d message on FB occasionally. He was learning to play guitar and I’d ask what he was listening too or what he was learning to play.
Johnny Cash was a common subject for both of us. Johnny’s ‘American’ series of recordings were some of our favorites. Mike would give me a verse from Tennessee Stud or Delia’s Gone and I’d give him the next. It was a neat way to connect with one of my favorite people.
Mike died of a brain tumor this winter.
I’m lighting a production of ‘Ring of Fire’ at the Rochester Civic Theater. It’s a Johnny Cash retrospective. Not much story, just a lot of his music played by 5 different singer/musicians. The other night at rehearsal they practiced Delia’s Gone.
I thought of Mike and how, maybe to no-one but myself, this show was for him.
I left rehearsal and headed for home. Checked some fields along the way. Stopped to check on our neighbor’s house since they are gone on vacation, stopped to close the gates at the end of our driveway and saw a motorcycle coming down the road. And I sort of groan inwardly… dang bikers. Thought I better get the gate shut quick.
As the bike gets closer I see it’s more of a scooter and a couple about my age on it. I say Hello and pull one gate shut. They pull up a little closer and call my name. And when they take the helmets off, it’s John and Mary.
Pastor John who was associate pastor with Pastor Mike.
I’m pretty sure Mike sent them out to see us tonight.
And I thought of this group of Baboons and Serendipity again.
Got a favorite religious person?