The other night we had the joy of taking our son to see Will and Angie.
Of all the visitors they are receiving, maybe not too many will poop in front of them, or grab onto Will’s finger and just hold it for ten minutes. All while fast asleep. But maybe not many are just 3 weeks old…
Our son was born on March 30, at UCLA, just two floors below the room where Will and Angie were getting ready to head home. We didn’t know beforehand if we were going to have a boy or a girl, but when we saw that he was a boy, my husband Rankin went upstairs to tell Will that we’d had a son, and we’d named him William, in his honor. Will has been impressive to us for as long as we have known him—the kind of man you’d hope your son would grow up to be—but even more so as we’ve watched him and Angie walk through this dark valley. His faith, his love for people, his equanimity, his kindness, his peace. And we look forward to our son growing up knowing Will Gray.
So we were eager to introduce Little Will to Big Will (as we call him in our family). The size differential was impressive.
And Big Will had some words for Little Will as he starts out in life:
First he read from the Bible, John 15:12-15 (Jesus speaking) — “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
Big Will went on to say:
“I want for little Will to be a friend, to learn how to be a friend, to make these words flesh. I want for him to be a friend to those around him, to know how to love and be loved by others, and most especially, Jesus. I want him to be kind, gentle, soft-spoken, slow to anger, strong in conviction, courageous, and smooth. Be a baller. And little Will, don’t be lame.”
It was a sweet evening.
And now we’re looking for a “Don’t Be Lame” onesie.