Late last night a tragedy struck. It won’t make headlines or be announced on the local news. The impact of this tragedy surprised and wounded those who knew him. A man named Don passed away. Quiet in stature, humble in heart, Don’s impact is unquestioned. His was quiet action…standing at the gate drawing attention to what God cares about. I think of Micah who spoke for God: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
Don actively influenced us to consider how we as a church seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God as he directed us to partner with others that sought to care for the wounded, the pregnant, and those missing the things that glorified God.
As a pastor I am thankful for Don. Thankful for what he did but all the more for who he was for our church family. He fixed a leaky sink, painted a wall, and replaced broken tile. He consistently helped us to connect to our missionaries…that we would gain understanding of their ministries and their hearts. He kept us informed of critical issues facing our community, our families and our schools. But more than all of that Don prayed. He loved God with all his heart, all is mind, all his soul and all his spirit. He desperately wanted others to know and experience this love of God. I had just started getting to know him.
Now he stands in the presence of the One he sought. He is realizing the reality of the glory of God that which he longed for is his to posses not in part as here on earth but in full as it is in heaven.
I am so thankful for Don finished well.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!” And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”. Ps 139: 23-24