All losses are restored and sorrows end.
"My heart will quicken when I see my Jesus face to face" Wally Capps
Met Jesus face to face
May 25, 2009
I met him a little over a year ago. He was smiling. As I think of him he was almost always smiling. Especially when he was talking about the Lord. He loved the Lord, his family and his church. We served together. Setting up for Sunday morning service. Putting out the sign, rolling out carpet, setting up chairs and adding the final touches. And then the greetings, as each person walked through the door. He was pretty laid back guy, he was the encourager! I liked that about him. Always the cool, calm and collected voice. Another thing that I admired was the fact that he seemed steady. He just did what needed to be done.
Even if you hadn’t known him for very long you would immediately know one thing about him. He lived out his faith. He told me while some feel called to serve he believed that we are called to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, from that love we serve. For the short time I knew him he did just that. He was a friend and an encourager to many, especially to my son. As a single mom that was very important to me. He had three sons of his own so I trusted he knew a little something about young boys. He admonished me once which did not offend me at all. In fact I welcomed it. Because I knew that he cared for my family and wanted me to hear wisdom. That is what a friend does.
His three sons graduated this past weekend. His two oldest graduated from college and his youngest from high school. What a celebration for he and his precious wife. She has a special place in my heart also. A very witty and intelligent woman. My heart breaks for her loss because I know some of what she will face in the days to come. I know she knows that she will see him again in heaven and that will be her comfort. He was her best friend. That too says something about the man he was.
As many of you know I have spoken often of the lonely place the Lord has had me since 2004. Sometimes God brings unwelcome seasons into our lives. So meeting Wally and his family along with others in my church has been one of the biggest blessings this past year. Our church is small and few in numbers but as I mentioned in a previous blog it takes time to build up
relationships, to get to know one another on a deep personal level. In the short time we have been serving together it is through the adversity, loss and struggle that we come to know what is in our hearts. And so through this sudden loss of a friend, a husband, a father and a deacon we draw closer together. We allow the comfort of the Holy Spirit to flow through us to one another.
And soon, very soon, we will meet again!