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Monday, September 18, 2006

Amazing!













I wrote last week about my friend Bob (shown here with me dressed up as Santa Claus... shhhh - don't tell the youngest blonde boy). I told youin my last post that my friend had passed away.

One of the hardest things to deal with was that Bob was not a believer. It really hit me that you simply must take the time to share Jesus with your friends. Even though Bob had sat through countless Christmas and Easter service and heard the gospel, I had not taken he time to talk to him personally.

So his death was a blow on a lot of levels - a lost friendship, as well as knowing that he was probably spending an eternity apart from the Lord.

At his memorial service, one of Bob's friends, Brian, shared about how he felt the same way - that he needed to talk to Bob about Jesus - before Bob died. Every time he went to talk to Bob about the Lord and eternity, there were a bunch of people around.

Then Brian told of the one time that there weren't any people there. He told of how he prayed for Bob. Then he told how he asked Bob if he would like to ask Jesus into his heart. At this point Bob had lost the ability to speak, but he nodded, "Yes," and Brian was able to lead Bob to the Lord.

As Brian told this story at the service, I was up on stage and just about went into ugly cry (along with many of Bob's friends who had felt the same way).

I am so thankful that my friend is waiting for me in heaven. We didn't lose Bob on Sept. 10. We now know right where he is.

4 Comments:

Blogger thegame1015 said...

Pat,

I too was deeply touched by the service for Bob Russell and all the time I knew him and talked with him, I never knew that he wasn't a believer.

I've been reading a great devotional from Mark Hall lead singer of Casting Crowns and in it he says as Christians we all have the "steps to peace with God" down or we know some FAITH outline or other story to share our faith. What we obviously don't grasp is an understanding on how God saves people.

All it took is for one friend to reach out and share his faith, and I'm looking forward to seeing him again in heaven!!

God will not only work in Bob's family life, but also his friends, the students that he taught, there will be some greatness done when all is said and done.

Just a thought....

September 18, 2006 5:12 PM

 
Anonymous Jen Hathaway said...

Pat:

I was overjoyed by Brian's encounter with Bob that he shared. I, too, had many mixed feelings about his passing. When I left the service, I was filled with happiness as I picture Bob in heaven with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It was the high point of my day. Yeah God! 1 more for our team!

September 19, 2006 9:31 AM

 
Anonymous hale-yeah said...

amazing is right. Jesus knows what he's doing, whether we are practically born into church or like the thief on the cross, accept Him in our last moments. Praise God.

September 19, 2006 10:30 AM

 
Blogger Liege said...

You just brought tears to my eyes. When you called Chad to give him the bad news, we were talking about how we didn't know if Bob was a believer or not, and how we felt bad for taking the time to share Christ with him. It's so good to know that we will be able to see him again when our time comes. Thanks for sharing that story Pat :)

September 19, 2006 5:18 PM

 

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