We ran into each other again at Manna House a few Wednesdays ago. It’s where we usually see each other these days.
Cowboy and I first met in his homeless camp. From first glance and first conversation, I knew Cowboy was rich in life stories.
When I couldn’t believe he was as old as he said—he didn’t look his age—he volunteered his ID to prove it. But as the stories added up, I knew he had lived many years. How else can you squeeze so much living into one lifetime?
The past several months he’s been promising me a book. One that he’s been writing. It’s about his life.
I definitely want to read Cowboy’s book.
But Cowboy doesn’t always get to the library to type up his tales on the computers there. His health isn’t as great as it used to be. And his years continue to add up.
Will I ever get to read his book?
I’ve read a lot of books in my life. But I haven’t read enough yet. There are more books I have yet to read.
Because there are more sides of God I have yet to see.
Each life tells a story. Each life shows a different side of God. Cowboy’s life shows a side I didn’t grow up with. Perhaps more troubled. Rougher around the edges. Yet protective and gentle, also in unique ways.
If Cowboy never gets his book finished, I hope I’ll continue running into him at Manna House or the library or occasionally at a mutual friend’s funeral.
I can listen, even if I can’t read. He can talk, even when he can’t write.
On the last Wednesday we talked, Cowboy and Susan needed a ride back to their homeless camp (they’ve since moved into an apartment of their own again!). We dropped them off at the edge of their woods.
As they walked deeper into the woods, deeper than we could see, I thought again about Cowboy’s future book full of his past stories.
Even if I never get to read them, Cowboy’s stories have already enriched my stories. His life has enriched mine.
But I still hope he’ll finish his book.
You might want to read it, too.
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Whose life story would you like to read? How you written your own story? Please share in the comments.
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