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Topic: Friendship (04/04/05)
TITLE: Mace and Joey
By Karen Deikun
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The drill sergeant - who said that Mace was the skinniest, shortest little excuse for a Marine he’d ever seen - also had to admit he was the scrappiest. It hadn’t always been that way. When he and Joey first met, Mace was a shy little scaredy-cat without a friend in the world. Mace often wondered how it had happened that they’d become best friends, but he was thankful that he’d had Joey in his life all these years. His life would be so different today if he hadn’t always been able to count on Joe being there, covering his back, keeping him in line, and making him feel like he belonged somewhere.
The summer following fourth grade they’d both attended Summer Bible School, and they’d both asked Jesus into their lives that week. Although neither boy could have imagined that their friendship could be improved, their shared faith bonded them like superglue. They studied the Bible and prayed together. They helped each other change and grow. As teens, they’d discussed girlfriends - or lack of them. They struggled together with temptations and celebrated with each other in their victories and successes. Their friendship was definitely a David and Jonathan thing. Their hearts were knit together – no doubt about it.
As difficult as it had been to say goodbye when Mace left for boot camp, it was nothing compared to this. They were both trying to put a good face on it – even cracking a few jokes. Mace told Joey he’d gotten fat and soft. “I guess I have to beat up bullies for you now!” he said grinning. Joey said Mace’s haircut made him look like a cue ball stuck on a cue stick. There were a few jabs to the arm and a few hearty slaps on the back. But underneath they were both holding back tears. Both knew this deployment inched Mace a little too close to danger – or maybe even death. They were aware that this might be a last parting. There was so much to say and at the same time so little. Two men, closer than brothers, were being pulled apart. Joey felt a wrenching pain at the thought.
As the sun went down, the two sat quietly, talking of things they remembered and plans for the future. They shared thoughts about faith, and the assurance of being eternal friends. Knowing that his friend belonged to Jesus was the only thing holding Joey together. Physically, Mace might be in serious danger. Spiritually, he was 100 percent safe.
At the end, they stood in the dark, hugging each other, tears streaming down their faces. It was so hard: so hard to express the gratitude each had for the other’s friendship, so hard to say goodbye. As Mace walked around the front of the house to his car, Joey thought that his friend had never looked bigger. He’d put on muscle, and carried himself like the hero he was. He himself had never felt so small and scared. “God, please, keep him safe. Bring him back.” Joey prayed.
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