Monday, October 17, 2011
Cameron John Christian: Christ-Follower, Left-Fielder, and Funny-Man
"Cameron died in a car accident."
I've never repeated words in my head as many times as those.
And I still don't believe it.
Just last Christmas he sat in one of the two swiveling chairs in my grandparent's living room. Always slouched and wearing athletic apparel, his eyes were bright and he laughed, head tipped back, at one of Uncle Dan's jokes. There will never be another moment like this.
Cameron's last name suits him. It defines his life. Christian. For some, this is the only comfort in his death. He is in the presence of the almighty God, and is loving it. We are left behind, to live our lives without our Cameron.
He was blessed to be the son of Lynn and Debbie, who shared the story of Jesus with him at a young age. He made it clear that he loved God, even got a matching brother tattoo of a cross on his back with Psalm 56:4 underneath:
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?
Cameron desired to know God and to live and life in response to his son, Jesus. It's clear to me and also his family and friends.
Cameron attended Auburn High School and was a varsity starter on the baseball team three years in a row. This year, his teammates on Seattle U's basbeall team nominated him captain.
I remember going to watch him pitch at Safeco Field for the high school state championship game in 2007. He delivered his pitches methodically, and proved intimidating for batters.
His facebook page is a collection of memories and praises of his career as #21:
"Baseball lost a great athlete and we lost a great person. See you on the other side with cathedrals for baseball parks and sunshine every day."