I know what Saturday feels like

A good friend of mine, whom I really respect and, well, loved, is dead.

I saw him last Thursday night. We had dinner and it was a good time — up until he told me that he was in trouble even though he didn’t do anything wrong. There was a group of guys near his work that were causing trouble and looking for him.

He didn’t always work in the best part of town. He was a good man. No wonder they knew him and didn’t like him. He was a guy you could trust. He had wisdom even for his young age. I called him a mentor. We all considered him a friend.

That’s why it was upsetting to know he was being stalked. I didn’t want to leave dinner Thursday night and go our separate ways. I was just too tired to stay awake.

The phone rang Friday morning. It was that kind of ring that you just know something is wrong. His stalkers found him last night and shot him. He was in ICU but there wasn’t much that could be done. He died Friday morning.

It’s not just that I lost a mentor. It’s not just that I lost a friend. I had a lot of faith in him and now I just don’t know what will happen. And to top it all off his stalkers know who I am. They’ve seen me and know we were friends. I can’t help but wonder what their next move will be.

I suppose Monday I’ll go back to my life at work hoping to make sense of it all — hoping that these stalkers will leave me alone. I’ll be watching my back, that’s for sure.

So yes, I know what Saturday feels like. Saturday is empty, scary, and confusing. Faith has taken a hit. So now I wait for Monday.

Unless something miraculous happens on Sunday…

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  • Sorry to hear about your friend. We’ll say a prayer for him & both of you.

  • And let me add this – if this is a proverbial story (which I presume it very well could be) – then I didn’t get it right away. I may have gotten it since.

    And I will still pray for him.

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  • Very good, Rob! I am assuming it is a proverb. Did you write that? It is very good. I could see right away the correlation to Jesus and your connection with Him as a disciple. Mostly because we just went to a service last night which I plan to blog about, but haven’t yet.

  • I just read my comment again here…I didn’t mean to say proverb, I meant to say parable!
    Sorry, it’s late and I was awoken in the middle of the night last night, as you can see from my blog…so I am pretty tired!

  • Very powerful.
    I am hoping for your sake and the sake of other friends this person may have had that this is a parable. If it is, it is truly a powerful one — one that grabs you and pulls you into what the disciples must have felt.
    Thanks for sharing it.

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  • rob

    It is indeed allegory. For a miracle did happen on Sunday!

    And yes, I did write it.

  • Hello I found your blog through another blogger, and I knew right away what you were talking about. You wrote that very very good. I will link to your blog!!!

    Very good job!

    Happy Resurrection Day

    Love and Blessings

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  • Great allegory!

  • Oh, my goodness, Rob! My heart absolutely sank when I read that! I thought you were talking about someone you really know today. Thank goodness I read the comments posted about this, because otherwise, I was totally depressed and hurt for you over this. It’s still not good news, of course, but we are all grateful that Jesus is alive and well! I can’t tell you how relieved I am to hear that this was a parable you were writing about! Don’t do that…LOL…I am at work reading this blog and I about had a heart attack of my own! :o) I hope your Monday is going great!

  • Lera Jackson

    That is MY brother! You rock! What a wonderful and powerful way to bring the story into the 21st century. Thanks!