Last Thursday evening, my entire hometown of Medicine Lodge was brought to our knees as we received word that one of our local attorneys, Bob Christensen, had been struck by a vehicle while bicycling west of town.  Heaven was inundated with prayers for his recovery and the next morning we woke to the news God had answered our prayer, but not in the way we had hoped.  If ever there was someone who heard the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant” it was Bob.
We all knew Bob was a great guy, but as the days ticked by after his death, we learned more and more about this amazing man.  My friend Kelly said it was like a flower bud slowly opening, letting us see how many lives his love and kindness touched. The memories on his obituary page are full of stories of lives changed:  “I was in trouble and Bob cared about me,” “Bob led me to the Lord and brought me back to my family,”  “I’ve been sober for two years now, thanks to Bob,”  “Bob saved our marriage”….
Helping people was his second nature, when he saw a need; he didn’t think about it, he just quietly, humbly took care of it. Bob and his wife Cindy took countless people in, sacrificing their time and resources to help someone else.  They would help single Moms get into a house, help them furnish it and help them get a job.  Those who were in legal trouble, found not only an attorney, but a friend.  He would visit them in jail, he would share his faith with them, he would drive them to rehab.  He helped countless children and teens who were in hard spots and he didn’t forget them once he got them out of the situation. He tried to be a father to the fatherless, taking time to go to a ballgame or a track-meet to encourage and to show how much he cared.   I don’t know how many people he did not charge for his legal work if he felt they couldn’t afford it.  He was fun, he was friendly, he was so full of faith it spilled out of him.  Another friend wrapped it up when she said she was reminded of the book, Love Does by Bob Goff.  Our Bob lived that book.
What a legacy he left, what a life he lived, a life so big his service had to be held at the football field.  No church was big enough to hold the people who loved him.  What an example he gave, I’ve heard many people, including myself, say they feel a stirring in their heart to follow his lead, to learn how to put others before ourselves as he did.  There was a new mantra in Medicine Lodge and it went like this:  In this world where there are so many things you could be, be a Bob.  But it was changed by Bob’s wife Cindy at his service, she said if Bob heard that he would tell us, don’t be a Bob, be Jesus.  And she is right, he very humbly would have.
“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to see me. ‘When did we see you hungry or thirsty, a stranger, in need of clothes, sick or in prison?’  Jesus replied, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of my brothers, this you did to me.”  Matthew 25:35-40