Drinking with Will D. Campbell
I had been with Will D. all day long. I picked him up at his house in Mount Juliet to bring him to Cleveland to speak at the Steeple I served at the time.
We were making our way to the Wingate Inn and mused that I bet he was looking forward to having his night time toddy before a good nights sleep. He said he was, and his wife had packed enough whiskey for both of us to imbibe if I wanted to come up to his room.
Whiskey? Will Campbell? You bet! I accepted his invitation.
On the way to his room, I said, "All of my life, I have fantasized that after a long day, someone would invite me to come up to their room for a nightcap. Never did I imagine that it would be you that would fulfill my fantasy!"
"Pisser, isn't it?" he retorted.
Will D. made a makeshift bar at the sink and mixed the first whiskey and water for me, and then he made one for him.
As we raised our glasses, Will D. said, "Take. Drink. Remember Jesus!"
We drank, laughed, and remembered Jesus as we visited, and I left changed!
I can only thank God!