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.