I only knew Ed Meyer for a little over a year from working with him at Open Door Mission. It only took a small fraction of that time for me to realize he was a class act.
I met Ed because I had asked him to fix something in the kitchen—-which I continued to do later on. I was struck immediately by how important it seemed to him. I was new to the Mission and he seemed like he had a lot of other work to do already – probably more pressing. However, whenever I asked him to repair something, he made me feel it was the most urgent thing in the world. He was determined to get it done…..and it never took him long.
I didn’t always know what to say to him , but he sensed I enjoyed his company. I would just come up to him when I would see him and say hi. Then, if we weren’t too busy, I would stay a moment, maybe asking him how things were going. Ed would start telling me a story about his past, or a joke, or fact about our city. I always felt at ease with him after that.
I always got the feeling Ed never took his days for granted. That reminded me of the verse: James 4:15. He was very wise. Another scripture that comes to mind (on this sad occasion of his passing) is Ecclesiastes 7:1 “A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.” Ed personified these things. He will be greatly missed.
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