Huge things come in small pack­ages

The Boyertown Area Times - - NEWS - Jeff Hall Jeff Hall, of Honey Brook, con­trib­utes columns to Berks-Mont News­pa­pers.

The fol­low­ing story, which is price­less to Barb and me, took place be­tween Oct. 29 and Nov. 10.

We re­ceived a let­ter from Grove City Col­lege, where our son, Greg, who went to be with the Lord in 1999, grad­u­ated from in 1998. The let­ter ad­vised us that Brian Weese (class of 1998) and his wife, Kim (class of 2000) had given a mon­e­tary gift to the col­lege in mem­ory of Greg. The let­ter from the col­lege pro­vided the above names and ad­dress of the con­trib­u­tors.

We were stymied con­cern­ing who would do this very kind ges­ture nearly 20 years af­ter Greg died. I wrote a thank you let­ter to Brian and Kim to let them know how much their con­tri­bu­tion meant to us and since they live in Mary­land, we would like to take them and any chil­dren they have out to lunch or din­ner in the next month be­fore the weather might make driv­ing more dif­fi­cult.

We were sur­prised to re­ceive a voice­mail within a short time af­ter our let­ter was re­ceived say­ing they would like to have din­ner with us on Nov. 10. We ar­ranged to meet at a restau­rant near their church, which was only a 40 minute drive from our house. Our minds were twirling. Would we have like in­ter­ests and val­ues? Could we find enough com­mon­al­ity to talk for two or three hours with them? What silly thoughts! We should have known be­cause of their kind­ness to us, the Lord took care of all of our ques­tions. Ob­vi­ously, we wanted to know their con­nec­tions with Greg.

Brian grad­u­ated from Grove City Col­lege the same year as Greg. They were room­mates their se­nior year. He teaches trigonom­e­try and cal­cu­lus at the high school level. He bat­tled with can­cer sev­eral years ago but is in re­mis­sion. Kim ma­jored in en­gi­neer­ing but is not work­ing out­side the home. They have a son Daniel, 10; a daugh­ter, Katie, 14; and their old­est child, 16, was named af­ter our son, Greg (what an honor for our Greg and the rest of our fam­ily).

As a ju­nior in high school, their son Greg is cur­rently vis­it­ing col­leges. He plays sec­ond base for his high school team. I also played base­ball for my high school, third base and short­stop. How­ever look­ing at Greg and lis­ten­ing to him, I’m sure he is su­pe­rior to my very av­er­age skills. To chal­lenge and en­cour­age him, I asked him when spring comes if he would send me some short emails to let me know how his team and he are do­ing.

The re­sults of our dis­cus­sion were won­der­ful. We were told our Greg played a part in the two of them get­ting mar­ried. Brian and Kim dated for a short pe­riod of time, but Kim was giv­ing up on Brian be­cause of his ap­par­ent lack of in­ter­est be­cause Kim was a fresh­man and Brian a se­nior. Greg on sev­eral oc­ca­sions told Kim to keep up her pur­suit of Brian be­cause Brian talked about her of­ten.

Brian and Kim and their three chil­dren all know the Lord as Barb and I do. I asked Barb to write a col­umn (which ap­peared in this pa­per on Au­gust 21, 2018) about Joni & Friend’s Fam­ily Re­treat, at Spruce Lake in the Po­conos, for fam­i­lies with dis­abled mem­bers. Barb was a vol­un­teer there for a week last year and two weeks this past sum­mer. The Weeses have at­tended and helped at the camp over the years. Greg men­tioned he thought Barb looked fa­mil­iar. Greg Weese and Katie seemed to have the same heart­felt at­ti­tude of work­ing with kids as our Greg did.

Barb dis­cussed a min­istry at our church called Queen for a Day that is held on a Satur­day in Oc­to­ber to pam­per full-time care­givers in­clud­ing a con­ti­nen­tal break­fast, lunch, a tea­room, a quiet room for read­ing and vis­it­ing, hair dress­ing, man­i­cures, hand- wax­ing, a prayer room, car wash­ing, etc. Lord will­ing, Kim plans to at­tend Queen for a Day next year.

I plan to con­tact Grove City Col­lege to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion on a stu­dent who passed away dur­ing Greg’s at­ten­dance at the col­lege and make a do­na­tion to the col­lege in his/ her name.

I wouldn’t be sur­prised if the Weese and Hall fam­i­lies be­come life-long friends.

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