A few days ago a very dear and special friend went to heaven. Stuart would have been 90 years old if he had lived to June, but God had other plans for him.
Stuart, a brilliant man was the first Urological surgeon in Houston. He was an “old timey” doctor who would gladly make house calls and really didn’t worry much about getting paid, he just wanted to take care of his patients and they always came first! He continued to practice up until just a few years ago. Truly, after he retired is when he started having health problems and seemed to loose his zest for life.
He was a darn good golfer and lived on a golf course in Sugarland. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of being taught a few things about golf and thought I’d NEVER get through with the game. No matter how good I did, he would criticize and give me pointers on the most minute things!!!! That was Stuart, a perfectionist to the max!
He had a saying he shared with his kids and me that “if it was easy, everyone would do it." He was so right. All things that are worth having are worth the hard work!!!
We enjoyed a mutual admiration society between the two of us. He was like a second dad to me and I always knew I could count on him for fatherly advise and support. When he needed something or help getting to and from the hospital or doctor visit, he would often call me instead of his own kids. We loved each other.
The last few months he lived in an assisted living facility. When I would visit him, he would say that he just wished God would take him; he was ready. On some level I understood what he meant, but I still didn’t want to say goodbye. We’re never ready to loose someone we love, no matter how miserable they are.
Well, the time came and Jesus said, “welcome home good and faithful servant!” I’m sure Stuart is in heaven now telling everyone how to do everything! I pray he’s dancing and laughing his heart away!
Thank You God for the gift of knowing Stuart and for the privilege of our friendship and love!