Christians – By the Book

Tag: death

Leaving a Wake!

by on Feb.26, 2009, under True Christianity

Do you leave a wake.Do you leave a wake.

John Justin, the preacher of the Puyallup church of Christ, died after 75+ years of life.  I only met John once, spending a wonderful Sunday with him and his wife Ruby.  Ruby passed from this life into the hands of your Lord one year before John.  According to her doctors, Ruby should have died many years ago, but the Lord had work to be done, so there she was at John’s side, a helpmate suitable for John’s needs.

I tried to understand the ending of John’s work here on earth and felt the deep impact that he made on me, in only one afternood.  He told me of his becoming a Christian, at the cost of becoming a target of the famed Orange Men, which he left to follow Christ.  Of his years of service as one that searched the rubble after an Ireland bombing, looking for the injured and the dead.  This strongly parallels John’s work in the Lord, having preached in many churches since coming to the “new world” as a “new man”.

Several years after meeting John, my wife and I were in the Maplewood church of Christ (Minn. MN) and visiting with one of the elders and his wife (Roger and Lois Cronquist).  I mention John’s name in the typical discussions of where we had been recently in our lives and he stopped me, frozen with excitement “Did you say John Justin … I know John Justin, he studied with me and Lois.  He baptized us at that congregation in Colorado”.   We shared more stories and a new relationship through John’s touching both our lives.

Death has the effect on people as to make them take a look at themselves.  It has again made me look at my life again, judging my works and ask several questions of myself.  I will share them here and I ask you to take a look at yourself and pond these same

  • Do I leave the wake of new Christians in my path like John?
  • Do I stake my life on the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
  • Do I confront evil in the world in the name of Jesus Christ?
  • Do I love everyone I meet, seeking there best and highest good (that they know Jesus Christ)?
  • What can I do now to ensure that I hear the Lord say “well done, thou good and faith servant” to me?

Finally, we found to our surprise that we have a special connection with John.  As a young man, John came to America from Ireland through Toronto Canada.  John’s long time friend from those years is a man named Abby Langford.  The connection is my wife is from the Toronto Canada area and her father (Albert Broome) had a best friend from his boyhood, the man Abby Langford.

So a life like John’s tells us, like Paul’s, that we can persevere to the end, leaving a wake of thankful souls.  Thankful that we met them and thankful that we shared the good news of Jesus Christ with them!

Mat 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Remember to pray for the church in Puyallup, Johns friends and family.  Most important, I pray to be a faithful man and an example, like John.

2 Comments :, , , , more...

When a young man dies …

by on Feb.26, 2009, under True Christianity

A couple of years ago my family and I were reunited with an old friend and his family for the sad purpose of burying their son.  His long fight with Muscular Dystrophy is now over.  The burden of knowing his life would be shorter than most finished.  The pain for his family and friends, deep.

Sometimes it doesn’t seem fair, but God was there through it all, for anyone that would look for Him … unfortunately, few did.  So few that God was barely mentioned in the eulogy, as the life of this young man was remembered.

To my shock and disappointment, apparently this young man had not become a Christian.  Neither mom or dad had done the necessary teaching of their own son in the spiritual realm to bring him into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.  And they were professing “Christians” when we moved away 8 years prior.  Their own flesh and blood.

Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

One must ask, “Why not?”  I believe they were so busy with their lives, their divorce (more on that some other time), remarriage, and themselves that time was not given to their son.  Even knowing his life was going to be cut short did not raise the urgency to teach him the gospel.  Their self focus crowded him out.

So very sad for all of us.

Leave a Comment :, , , more...

Looking for something?

Use the form below to search the site:

Still not finding what you're looking for? Drop a comment on a post or contact us so we can take care of it!

Visit our friends!

A few highly recommended friends...