In Memory of - C J Wells
We first met C J at Kresge getting ready for the start of The Kresge Kids. He looked at the pile of Super Hero costumes and decided to be Kid Confidence. When the program got underway and 40 kids started coming, I remember C J sitting in the church library, dressed in his Kid Confidence costume and waiting to make an appearance during large group. Often, he had a buddy or a girl friend with him. He always asked me if I would like to go mud bike riding….and being from East Cobb, I thanked him, and asked him to be careful for his mother’s sake. In many ways C J was Kid Confidence. The world was his playground and he walked with a very confident swagger, usually had somewhere to go and someone to be with when Kresge Kids was over. Mostly, C J had a very big heart and was really one of the kids.
When the program outgrew the fellowship hall and we moved into the sanctuary, we needed someone to run tech. C J stepped forward and Wednesday’s were more fun because C J was in the balcony being C J. I will always remember looking up and watching him do his own version of Big House, and YMCA. He was always helpful and willing to help us move whatever needed moving. He loved to play with the kids in the great yard behind the church. Touch football was never the same when C J was there; the big kid thing again.
C J had an interesting school career, his mother tells me. He knew how to strip a car in 20 minutes. His love life was interesting too, and I will not even go there. C J was special , and not just because he had three Kidney’s! He loved coming to Kresge, and he loved his church family there…even though sometimes his church family was not quite sure what to do with him.
No one loved C J more than his mother, and one of God’s special people. C J’s mom sat at the check in table at Kresge and welcomed the children of Cedartown each wednesday. One of the most creative people I have ever met, this amazing mom has overcome things that would have made most of us give up and toss it in. Not C J’s Mom….and she was determined that her boy would do the same. The mother son thing is special to watch. This was especially special.
On Monday we learned that C J’s mom would face her greatest challenge; C J died in an explosion in Cedartown early monday morning that still does not make sense. I remember hearing it on the news Monday morning, and hoped it would not be anyone from Kresge. But it was C J, and the world and his mom have lost someone very special.
We mourn with hope and remember that what we are doing is eternal, and the people who come into our lives on this journey are gifts from God.
Thanks C J for those moments in the balcony and for being a great Kid Confidence for the Kresge Kids. Save a place for us at the great banquet table we have all talked about at Kresge. In the mean time, we will be working to make a place at the table for so many others like you; big kids with a big heart who Jesus said would get to the Kingdom first.
And to C J’s mom- know with certainty that God with with you now, more than ever, and He has given you many, many spiritual children. They come on the Kresge and Aragon vans every wednesday night to Kresge Kids. What a great reunion in heaven that will be …C J and all of your Kresge Kids.
Thanks Be to God for the all too brief life of C J Wells.