Adapting the Good News Book

My long-time friend (well, it hasn't been so long ... maybe 65 years), Don Mason, a remarkably gifted man who has excelled in many areas of life, has written me from time to time to describe a chain of events with a bittersweet ending.

Don and Margie live in a retirement complex where lawn maintainance is done by an outside contractor. Don, forever and everywhere friendly, got acquainted with the crew leader, Jeff, who often sat in his truck watching the men work. Occasionally they would chat. Last summer Don noticed that Jake, Jeff's son, was the driver/leader. Jake said that Jeff had lung cancer--stage 4!

Don got the phone number and began calling Jeff each week. Jake had said that the family did not go to church. Due to Jeff's condition and other circumstances, Don was able to visit in person o