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The end of January rolled around, and Doug was still adjusting physically to being diabetic and had not gained much of his weight back. We had still not met although every time I stepped into our classroom, I was immediately drawn to him and had a hard time not being caught staring at him. Whenever I did look at him, my first thought was, “What is going on in that guy’s head? What is he pondering?!” Then he did another devotional, and it was so compelling that several students commented about it after class and one talked to me at length about it in the library the next day. It was on Romans 8:31: “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” Most of the students went away from that class with such an assurance that the Lord was with them and no troubles were insurmountable. This made me determined to actually meet Doug the first chance I got.
That came the next day when I was in the library again and saw him sitting at a table with a book. I remember the distinct feeling of something momentous about to happen. As I approached, I ran through a litany of things to break the ice. I never had to worry about it because he looked up at me and smiled that sweet smile he has, the smile that says welcome and I like you and all is right with the world. There was no turning back at that point, and of course I didn’t want to.
But instead of saying hello, I replied, “What are you reading?” as if I had known him all my life.
He looked down and then back up and smiled again and said, “Romans 5.”
I got excited and returned, “We’re studying Romans 5 in my Sunday school class!”
“Well tell me about it,” he encouraged and then grinned.
That’s all it took and we set off on an almost three hour marathon of talking about the Lord, our families and what it meant to solve the problems of the world, and it caused us to miss the class we had together. LOL!
One thing I remember distinctly as I left that meeting was Doug was not worried about solving the problems of the world. He was at peace.
note: there is a long running argument between us as to who walked up to whom. Since I’m telling this story, I’m sharing how I remember it. 😀
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Doug needs a kidney transplant. He was recently added to the deceased donor list and has a wait of up to five years. But he has been advised a living donor kidney is best. So I come with this blog to make others aware and to encourage him. For more info, please see the “Kidney Donation” page.