For my dear friend and fellow Fire Eater, Basil Dwayne Childress, who went home to the Creator a little over a week ago:
We who see must look upon that which is. Unflinchingly. And were it not for you, Bazz, these many years would I, and others, have seen so clearly the depths of His mercy, shining in the darkness of a world gone mad?
My friend, my brother, now there is but the waiting out of that existential drama against which you so fiercely remonstrated with all your soul, your heart, your life.
And of your life the Psalmist spoke: “De profundis ad altum.”
Rest in His arms, Bazz.
I first met Bazz when I started the Fire Eater back in 2002. He and I worked together on many articles for The Fire Eater over the years. Not long before Bazz went home, he asked me to re-publish some of his writings, and I had made a start.
Over time, I shall publish the writings of Bazz Childress on The Fire Eater, so that a new generation can read them. It was what he wanted.
It is sadly strange that the newest version of The Fire Eater should launch but a week after Bazz left us, but joyfully appropriate that the first post should be a Bazz post.
MacDonald King Aston