Goodbye, I'll See You in Heaven, Nathan Riffel
by Jen Tressler
Nathan is the quirkiest person I ever met. When I first met him in college, I quickly had a crush on him with the long hair, trench coat, doc martens. He would walk me to class and we'd hang out in the cafe all the time, talking and writing in these slam books we made up. At the time, we were friends, but I was judgmental and stopped liking him because I thought he was too eccentric. Over time, I found that he had had a crush on me too, but it was too late. He always seemed to value my friendship more than I valued his until I met him again, years later.
When I finally found Christ, I started going to church only to meet up with Nathan once again. We immediately became friends, but this time I had changed and I accepted him for who he was. He would always tell me how much he admired me and valued our friendship, even though he would say crazy things to the waiters of restaurants we'd go to like "woof, your face, do you accept child sacrifices" etc. things like that.
But Nathan genuinely loved God. We would talk about Christ for hours, always trying to understand how we could be closer to God even though we were imperfect. Nathan loved to write and wrote a lot about God. As I read his notes on Faebook, I tear up now.
Anyway, for the past few years, Nathan has come over often for barbecues, board games, camp outs, deep discussions, and much more...he told me I was his best friend, even. He even helped me get back together with my then boyfriend, current husband, through his prayers and intervention.
Nathan was so encouraging to me and I will miss him deeply. Holidays and BBQs are not going to be the same without his quirky but kind-hearted presence. He just spent tons of money buying me and my husband all this food that we still have to this day.
Goodbye my very good friend :'C