Family, Inklings

The King is dead, long live the broken mold

Aug. 16 will probably  be forever known to millions of fans as the day Elvis left this world and the gilded halls, chimpanzees, downers and peanut-butter-banana-sandwiches of Graceland. But, it should be known as the day God broke the mold on a way less flamboyant dude named Gabriel.

He’s always been a better man than me and striving to live up to his example hasn’t ever been a burden, but a blessing. He’s my older brother and my best friend. I remember being a little kid and hearing the bible say that “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother,” and thinking “What? No way.” But, since we’ve lived a country apart for most of the past 10 years, I’m so thankful that both of us know Jesus, who does stick closer than a brother.

This August 16th, instead of memorializing a thrusting jumpsuit with sideburns, encasing, a white-dude who stole African-American music (take it easy Elvis fans, it’s true), I’d like to nominate another. This dude can be found rising with the dawn, getting with his Creator in the garden, or a hunting blind, or a trout stream, loving his wife and kids and setting an example for the rest of us as every older brother should. Happy Birthday Gabe.

Well they built the Titanic to be one of a kind, but many ships have ruled the seas
They built the Eiffel Tower to stand alone, but they could build another if they please
Taj Mahal, the pyramids of Egypt, are unique I suppose
But when they built you, brother, they broke the mold
— Bruce Springsteen, Terry’s Song


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