As you’re reading this I’m either loading the truck to head to Memphis or I’m already there. It’s been…interesting to be in Springfield the last few years but I’m happy that door is closed and a new chapter of life is being opened by the Lord.
There are so many people I need to say “thank you” to for being there the last few years and I know that any time you make a list you’re in danger of missing someone. I just hope that if you’re not mentioned on the list, it was not intentional and more that I have to get the modem back to Mediacom in 30 minutes and can only type so fast.
First, a big thank you to the Horn Family. Kemp, Michele, Michael, Leah, Morgan, Jessica, Megan and even Christiana. Your support, kindness and friendship was instrumental in my being able to get back on my feet. The love you showed not only to me but to my sons is something that I cannot repay. The way our relationship moved from being connections through my radio job into true friendship is something I will treasure from my time here.
A thank you also to the Haygoods. The way you’ve loved on our family this year and provided so many wonderful memories for Eli is something that I can’t thank you enough for giving us. You brought a joy to Eli that warms my heart every time I think of it. And thank you for putting up with Dale and Eli’s loud yelling for banjo during every song.
Thank you, Chris Brewer. Your friendship has been one of the few consistent things in a sea of ongoing change. You’ve been there from day one and I know you’ll be there as I keep going forward. Any time you want to come hang on Beale St., you have a place to stay, bro.
Jeff Jenkins with the Skinny Improv. When I came back to town basically a broken man, your compassion was so welcome to me. The way you allowed me to visit the Skinny often so I had a place to get away from the house and just laugh and forget my troubles for a while helped keep me sane. You were the hand of God in action, man. Thank you.
Jeff Houghton. Thank you for making me feel accepted and part of the Mystery Hour team. At a time I felt I was on my own, it gave me a solid foundation to know there was a place that I was welcomed, wanted and part of something greater than myself. And thanks for making me laugh until my face hurt.
John Cremeans & the family at Restoration Church. If you don’t have a church home in Springfield, you need to visit Restoration. It’s a place where anyone is welcome no matter how screwed up you find your life. And John, you showed me that God can restore and use even a guy like me to serve Him. And go Eagles.
Chris & Michele Williams. The times you helped me out when my car took a nose-dive that allowed me to keep my job with Morningside was invaluable. Thank you for being there when I really needed it in ways most folks wouldn’t have stepped up to help out. And thanks Chris for helping me spread the gospel of Rush.
Jim Bakker, Megan Weaver, Andrew Lietzen and everyone at Morningside Church/the Jim Bakker Show. You know, people like to bag on Jim Bakker because of his past and mock the things he’s doing now to prepare for the end times. What I can say is this: when I was out of work, when I had no real steady support system in my life, when I was struggling just to be able to get out of bed each day, Jim Bakker & everyone at Morningside stepped up and showed me Jesus. They gave me the chance to believe in myself again and to rebuild my broken career. They gave me the chance to be myself, to be creative, to fulfill my passions for writing and news. They prayed for me. They helped me out in tough times. They reflected Christ much more than many of the “Christians” I’ve met in my life. I wouldn’t be where I am right now without their willingness to help a broken man get back on the path God laid out for him.
Amy Blake…you challenged me to see the good within myself, wouldn’t allow me to get down on myself when times were bad or I did something dumb and you’ve been a solid friend. And that trick you showed me to get rid of a headache is something I will use the rest of my life. It’s exciting to see what God’s doing in your life and where He’s going to take you.
There are so many other people who come to mind…Doug Burlison, Tim Smith, Dallas & Heather Gilion, Aaron Grier, April Webb…so many others. I just have to turn off this modem now and return it to Mediacom. If you weren’t mentioned on this list, thank you. I’m trying to thank people directly but it’s a little crazy right now!