Not for me. For Bill…For Bill, I give props and props.
Props: (Slang) something that is said to publicly thank and give special attention to someone for doing something : credit or recognition
Bill was a talented gentle elderly man who passed away this past week. He was an actor and a friend. He helped with the Drama Ministry at my church for over fifteen years. His wife and he started a microphone fund when we sorely needed new ones. But that was just one example of his servant heart.
Within the church proper he portrayed many characters in many worship skits. Here’s a few: a homeless man, a janitor giving advice to an abused woman, a maître d’ at a fifties New Year’s Eve Party, a sandwich-eating bench sitter at a park, and my favorite….a man in a dirty rags costume crawling into a Foreign Legion camp in the middle of the Desert of Sin while moaning ‘Waaa-waa!” He did that last bit when he was in his seventies. Yeah…he was willing to do anything for the Lord and for a laugh.
Outside the church he performed in community theater. He was Scrooge in several different productions of The Christmas Carol. He gave a fresh look to that squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner. Other roles? I especially liked him as Buford Turnover in “Daddy’s Dying…Who’s Got the Will?” He gave’em hell! He wore many costumes in his life. He surely did. I borrowed them, too, when I could. He had a closet full of them!
Props: (Slang) objects used on stage or on screen by actors during a performance or screen production.
Bill has gone to Jesus which is the best place to be. At the end of his funeral our associate pastor led us in a rousing version of ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’. Pretty cool.
As Bill stands before Jesus, I imagine our Lord smiling and handing him a bag of never-ending props.
“Here, Bill, my good and faithful servant! Take these and tickle my funny bone.”
Bill will surely pull from that bag a top hat, a cane, a red-clown nose, and a pair of squeaky shoes. He will tapdance while telling the best jokes ever.
Make Him laugh, Bill!