It might be because he is my closest cousin in age. It could be because his dad was my godfather. Or perhaps it is due to the times I spent in his home with his family during our summer visits to Washington, DC. There was even a very special adventure we shared in Baltimore. And, of course, there was always good food and fun conversation whenever I put myself in his hands for dinner during a visit to see him in San Francisco. But, what has made him most special to me was a story he once told me. He talked about looking into a starry sky while on a ship in the middle of the ocean and being struck by its vastness, beauty and implication of God. Something in the sincerity of his telling it touched my soul and more fully awakened my spirit in its leading toward God and ultimately faith in Christ. I will miss his joyful spirit and the retirement train trip we had planned to take in 2022. But, I will always treasure the contribution he made to my faith and hope to tell him so in heaven. God rest and keep his servants soul.