A True Man

One of the senior adult men of our church passed away today unexpectedly. It has been a hard night for me and for most of the people in our church. I know that his family is feeling pain beyond what we can feel, but Mr. Kenneth Howard was important to Calvary. I have been thinking all night about what I could do to honor this man. I know that most of you reading this will have never met him and I was trying to think of what I could say in just a few words that would help you to understand this man. In the end I think that the best way is to say that he was true. He was a man of integrity. He was a man of respect. He was a true man of God and He will be missed. I can honestly say that in my adult life I have never met a man that I respected as much as I did Mr. Howard. His words were true. What he said he believed. What he said he would do he would do. He loved his wife with all of who he was. He loved his church, and most of all He loved God. I am a better man for knowing him.

Now I know that all of that sounds like just a bunch of words because those are the kinds of things you are supposed to say, but all of them are true and they don’t even come close to describing this quiet man of honor. I will never forget him coming to me at the end of a church service where I had read one of my stories with tears in my eyes as he shared with me what God had said to him. It was one of the proudest moments of my time at Calvary.  

One thought on “A True Man

  • October 25, 2006 at 3:14 PM

    if those things are true about him, I can’t wait for your church to celebrate (and mourn, surely mourn) at his memorial service. As you share stories and affirm to one another what is true of him, it will be a glory to God and I believe a comfort to everyone still here.

    why don’t we have more memorial services for those who are still living? then we can say all those nice things we say to one another about him to that man’s face.


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