Posted by Elaine Greco on November 26, 2003 at 16:45:43:
I only knew Bob about 5 or 6 years. Whenever we spoke he made me feel at ease. I knew him on a different level than most (or at least I thought so). After reading all the posts since Bob went home to be with our Lord, I realized how little I knew about him. He is loved by everyone and the closest thing to a disiple named Paul that I will ever know.
In case anyone has not heard my testimony, I yearned for the kind of understanding of Christianity (in my younger years),that I had found when I came to know the Lord 30 years ago. I grew up in the 40's, 50's and 60's with Hollywood's version of the story of Christianity. I watched every one I could hoping that there was some truth in what I saw. My favorite was "The Robe". In later years I found a song called "The Robe" that I sang for the congregation.
One of the things Bob and I had in common was our love of music. He knew virtually all the early rock and roll songs from the 50's, 60's and probably the 70's. I don't know how extensive his knowledge of R&R music went but he always managed to stump me. We also had a common heritage. He and I are both Italian(and all that comes with it); he Sicilian and I Neapolitan.
I tried going to the Mars Hill classes but realized (though I had been in many studies and had some background in escotology) how little I really knew. I realized that I needed to know how to be a student again so I just basically listened. Whenever Bob or Gretchen spoke, I listened. What they imparted rang true. If I needed clarification, they were more than willing to help.
I don't believe some of us ever knew how special Bob was. It is said that you don't appreciate something (or someone) until they are gone. I, too, feel sorry for those who will never know what a gem we were given for such a short time. What we who have known him have to do is to share the knowledge that was imparted to us by a man who gobbled up all the knowledge he could and shared it with us.
When I was hospitalized in both February 2001 and again in September 2002, both he and Gretchen were there for me in every way. Grecthen, I never told you how much I appreciated all you have done.
The memorial service was one of the most joyous events I have been to and the reception was fantastic. As I told someone, it was a real "Bob" day. Very much in keeping with what Bob enjoyed.
I should have spent more time with him, asking, probing and learning more. I am wrestling with joy and sorrow. Joy that Bob has gone to the Lord and all his questions are now answered; sorrow that we will miss him for the short time that we are left without him. But joy as scripture says comes in the morning. Bob has gone before us and will be there to greet us with open arms and engaging smile. Maybe then he and I can have a discussion on equal ground. For then I shall know in whole what I now know in part.
Gretchen, Mary, Karen & Paul, God bless and keep you always.
Your Sister in Chrst,
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