It was a cold January day 18 years ago when I met Mr. Bill Fasig. My wife and I had gone to Virginia to see our new granddaughter and it was while we were there that I met Bill. I had gone out to the car for something and he had just taken out the trash. He lived next door to my daughter, Teresa, and son-in-law, Dan. Dan and Teresa had told us about Bill. He made beautiful music. On nice days they could sit on their deck and hear him play the piano. He traveled all over the world, playing for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

In April of that year, Anna and I went to Denver to the Billy Graham School of Evangelism. Bill was there playing beautiful music for our worship times. The following year I spoke at a retreat in Virginia and Dan had Bill Fasig come in one night to put on a piano concert. It was wonderful.

Then a few months after that I got this e-mail from my daughter:

I wanted to let you know that my neighbor, Bill Fasig passed away on Monday morning. He went to the emergency room on Saturday morning with shoulder pain. The doctor was ready to discharge him when she was called away, by the time she returned he was very ill and she sent him up to ICU. He declined rapidly and died peacefully with his family around him.

Monday evening his daughter came over and told me about it. I told Dan. Alyssa (my six-year old granddaughter) saw all of this, so I wanted to talk to her about it. I explained that the doctors were unable to make him better, he died, and his soul went home to be with Jesus. She asked, “Why are you sad Mommy?” So I tried to explain again. She ran away and came right back with a book flapping in the breeze as she ran. She gave it to me and told me which page to read. “In heaven you are so close to God that He will hug you, just like I hug you. It’s going to be wonderful. I will be there, too. I promise. We will be there together, forever. Remember that . . . Just in case you ever wonder.” (from Max Lucado’s book, “Just In Case You Ever Wonder.”)

Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.