Today's drive felt very familiar. I have traveled these highways before: I-75 and I-40. Billboards advertised places I have visited: Knoxville, Asheville, and Gatlinburg, to name a few. A bit of nostalgia took hold of me as we drove through the rolling hills of Kentucky and Tennessee into North Carolina. I thought of the many years that I spent in Atlanta and the times John came by for a visit to help out at Maisha House of Prayer where I ministered. Even after I left Georgia, John would visit my friends and their families. They became his friends as well.
One of my Atlanta friends texted me this morning to let me know that she was praying with us as we traveled. Because our journey does not include Atlanta, Debby and I decided to chat via phone once I stopped for the night. I remember how much John loved to stop by and spend time with the Freel family. It felt so good to reconnect and then to read the post on the website about their remembering of John tonight.
In remembrance of John, we were telling stories around the dinner table with the kids since tomorrow is his birthday. They remember when he visited us to bring an Earth ball, Love and Peace t-shirts, books to inspire us. Mary said, "I like how he came here PERSONALLY to visit us and give us those gifts!" Yes, he will continue to inspire our family to love and protect our Earth, and love all the people who call Earth home. We miss you dear John...may you have Love and Peace in heaven and on Earth always.