Missing Steve

I’ve been having a hard time considering what to say to honor my friend, Steve Flesher.

Not because there isn’t anything good to say about him. In fact, quite the opposite is true.

The reason I’m struggling is because like anyone who knew him, I can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that this dear, precious man was stolen from us so cruelly. So abruptly.

So meaninglessly.

And processing that loss means accepting that one of the dearest friends I’ve had the privilege of knowing and having in my life is gone, at least in this lifetime.

For those of you who did not know Steve, let me share with you about the true measure of this man. Steve Flesher was loving, compassionate, brave, insightful…and OH so very funny.

Those blessed with having Steve in their lives can attest to his infectious laughter, which could brighten the darkest moods. Steve had this ability to call just at the right time, as if he were responding to his very own innate spidey sense telling him when you needed him most.

Steve was supremely fair-minded. He possessed a strong sense of justice and heartfelt desire to do all he could to help restore our Constitutional Republic to what it’s meant to be. He believed in supporting principle over political affiliation. He understood that party meant nothing if it believed in nothing. He fought for those who committed to holding those in government accountable and was likewise committed to holding those promise keepers’ feet to the fire as well.

Steve, though passionate and driven, was also intellectually honest. When he was wrong he admitted he was wrong. And that made it easy for people to do the same in return.

I don’t think I ever shared a cross word with Steve, even though of course we didn’t always agree on everything. He never lashed out in anger even when I probably deserved it because he was just that kind of guy.

It’s going to take a long time before I can wake up without thinking, “here comes another day without Steve in our lives.” Those of us who knew and loved him will feel that loss for a very, very long time.

Steve, I love you and I miss you so very much. I’m thankful that, if you truly are a child of the King, we will meet again in Glory.

I look forward to that day.

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