Ernie, my husband of 26 almost 27 years, has a giftedness that many long for and I know I do not have! He has the uncanny ability to talk to anyone. I don't think he has ever met a stranger. He just loves meeting new people and talking to them. It is a trait that has served him well over the years.
Now, since this is mainly my blog, I get to write what I want (even though my husband might not like it). He isn't one to like praise, and is actually against eulogising. That said... ....
Now you might think I am biased in my comments but, just so everybody knows, others point this out to me as well.
For example, we went with friends of ours for a Sunday afternoon bike ride. (They close various streets through the city on Sundays for pleasure, bike riding, walking, jogging, skate boarding, etc. It is highly used every Sunday). So, we are all just biking along, when our friends start noticing Ernie has come alongside a family and 'made friends' with them.
This sort of thing happens all the time. At the grocery store, at the park, at the gym, wherever he finds himself. It comes naturally to him and with such ease. This is a great gift to have when you move abroad. He makes friends quickly and he keeps them.
|Guys from the gym|
|Pablo and Martha - our long time friends, who were our neighbours in Chihuahua|
As you can see from the smile on his face, he is happy. Old friends, new friends, makes no difference, he finds a connecting point. And inevitably, somewhere in the course of that relationship, he talks about Christ, about faith, about what matters most. He does this naturally and without offending. I am glad God gave him this gift and I love to see it in action.
|Pablo - their son|
|Ernie and Juan|
|Ernie and Mario|
|Ernie and Hector|