We lost another good one this past weekend. Another prayer warrior who slipped quietly into the arms of Jesus.
He left us after a long and painful surrender to the devastations a stroke left behind and supported and loved by a family and friends and a community who all have stories of how he quietly touched our lives.
We first got to know him when our John was a young kid in junior high.
He had the divine appointment to be randomly assigned to Curtis that school year under a prayer initiative we used to do.
Parents signed up their students…people signed up to pray for them…names were paired and letters were sent and our John landed a faithful prayer warrior that never stopped praying for him all these years since.
Nor did he stop praying for all the other names he received assignments for.
And he didn’t just pray. He showed up.
For every sport John played all the way through his senior year…and believe me…he played them all…Curtis would show up at at least one game.
After high school, he followed his activities in college and always knew what year he was in and prayed him through some rough times with health and adjusting to being on his own.
He always knew what job he was currently in, what town he was living in and delighted to hear how he was doing with rec league games now that he’s all grown up.
When the stroke held him captive and he couldn’t get out and go to games and be out in the community he loved, he signed up to be on the Intercessory Prayer Team and I can tell you right now…there is a void in the battle and we are missing him in the trenches.
I don’t know of any Scripture that says Curtis will be praying for us in heaven.
From what I read, Jesus intercedes for us…so thankful for that…but Curtis will be praising God with all the saints.
He did his praying and his showing up and his caring for people and his remembering things because we mattered to him here on earth.
People are sometimes surprised when we show up at a ball game to see some kid play that we know from church or we attend a concert or a musical because some young person we pray for is in it.
We learned it from Curtis.
We remember what it felt like for us and for our son to have someone who didn’t really have to come just show up because he wanted to.
Well done, Curtis…well done <3