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‘I Know a Man’

‘Cancer: My Journey in Time’
‘I Know a Man’

by Wanda Clay

Rev. Enoch Fuzz

It has been many weeks since Rev. Enoch Fuzz, pastor of Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church, began a journey unlike any he ever expected. During this time he continues to want to be the ‘doer’ and not the receiver. He has been blessed not to fall prey to the pandemic virus of COVID-19.  Yet, he still faces the challenges of stage-four lung cancer.

As with any journey, many experiences happen along the way. There are reminders of where you’ve been and where you are likely to go. Also along any journey, we encounter messages of the past that make us stop and review our life from someone else’s perspective.

Rev. Fuzz has a plethora of friends. All of them want to do something to offer him support and let him know that they are thinking of him, praying for him and wishing him well in this difficult time. Of course, he has received many, many gifts, cards, letters, phone calls, texts, FB comments, notes, letters—you name it. This week we will end his journey with a poem reminiscent of who Fuzz is in the eyes of a long-time friend and poet, Michael Diallo McLendon. It reads:

‘I Know a Man’

(a poem for Rev. Enoch Fuzz)

I know a man who gives everything he’s got

to create a better world for those who have not.

He brings people together for their mutual benefit,

and works the room with love, intelligence and wit.

I know a man who extends a helping hand

to the despised and the rejected, who most misunderstand.

He never turns his back on people in need.

It’s like he’s some kind of farmer, but love is his seed.

I know a man who does the work of God,

comforting with his staff and prodding with his rod.

He’s a mixture of boldness and humility,

a vessel for God’s Truth and human possibility.

I know a man who won’t pretend.

He will really show up when you need a friend.

When you need help the most, that’s when you see him shine.

I’m telling you what I know because he’s a friend of mine.

He’s got a singing heart, but he can call down fire,

and he can get a prayer through when you’re down to the wire.

Some people call him brother. Some people call him cuz.

But most people know him as Pastor Enoch Fuzz.

                                    — Michael Diallo McLendon

Continue to pray and check Rev. Fuzz on his Facebook page, or follow his journey each week, ‘Cancer: My Journey in Time.’

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