Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed;
save me and I will be saved,
for you are the one I praise. (Jeremiah 17:14) NIV
His feeble frame only took up a portion of the wheel chair. I’m sure what may be a simple act for most to rise and prepare for church each Sunday was no simple task at all for him, but he’d done so willingly nearly every Sunday for the past 96 years and wasn’t about to let physical limitations keep him from worshipping with the body of Christ.
On his “good days,” they’d wheel him into the sanctuary where he’d sit at the back of the room, offering his own verbal exclamation mark with a distinct “Amen!” throughout the sermon. He’d raise his hands in worship. And with every ounce of strength and determination he could muster, he’d force his thin, weakened frame up on unsteady feet to give testimony to the awesome power of God and the many ways in which He was still at work in his life.
His sincere heart for others led him many times to our church directory, where from his home, he’d make phone calls to each and every person listed, and in a frail voice ask how THEY were doing. He wanted each one to know, without a doubt, that he was praying for them.
His praises to God and concern for others continued to his last breath and still resonate within the walls of our sanctuary today.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:
If you’re still here, there’s still work to be done.
There’s no finer example of that than our dear friend, Bill.
I usually try to make an effort NOT to sound preachy with my blog posts or tell anyone what they should or shouldn’t do, but I just have to say that I think it’s an absolute sin NOT to thank the Lord and share our praise with others. If you’ve been given a brand new day and there’s still breath in your lungs…if you’ve fought a life-threatening disease and the Lord has healed you….if you’ve gone through financial difficulty but God has shown you mercy and grace and has mended your suffering…if you can truly say He’s brought you through the pain, then get up, get out and praise him! Psalm 35:18 says, “I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people I will praise you.”
Don’t keep the blessing all to yourself. We serve a mighty, loving God, and we only strengthen each other when we humble ourselves before Him, turn from our own circumstances to help others and simply….praise Him.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace...