I feel like I need to write tonight although I don't really know what to say. Many of us lost a friend last night. A friend of mine and former basketball teammate died last night. I say friend even though I didn't see him that much, but still got a brother handshake every time we ran into each other. I say hoops teammates because that's where we first met and connected. And he connected with a lot of people. And he could play some ball! His name was Keith Fenderson and it is a deep loss for a whole lot of people in Racine and other places too. Keith touched a lot of hearts in a lot of ways. Man, he had a great smile, and was always greeting you like a great friend. I know a lot of people feel the same way.
I wanted to write about "punching holes in the darkness" a second time because that's what Keith was doing for the last many years. Now that he's gone, it's been a sad day, but also a day thinking about the kind of "heart" he had. He was dedicated to helping the community and was punching holes wherever he was, sharing God's love. He spent his last many years supporting Racine's youth in many ways, and even wrote many plays. When I heard about his plays, I tried to get to as may as I could just to share some heart with him and let him know I supported him. He always made a point of letting me know he appreciated me coming, even pointing me out to the crowd as the only white brother in the crowd! But who cared, it was about love and heart. And he knew how to make you feel special, in his own cool way.
I spent my drive home thinking about "heart," what it means and wondering if I could do more with mine, and maybe smile a whole hellava lot more, like Keith did. I sure could. The "heart" thing was a bit odder to think about. We can't really compare hearts. We each have the heart we have, to punch holes in the darkness. Keith had his way. And we all have our own way. Not that we can't get wiser and less selfish, but I think he would want us to share "what we got."
We will miss Keith, and I hope we all can live more the way he did, with that big smile, laughing and sharing our "heart" the best we can. Keith reached the Highest Ground last night, and is helping us reach ours as we think about him, and pray. This salute is to Keith.
I think Keith would have loved this tune.