Last Sunday morning I read of the passing of an old friend, and I reflected on our relationship.
Russell was part of the congregation of the church I pastored in Truro. When we arrived his family had been worshipping at Truro Wesleyan for close to forty years. Most Sundays you would find Russell and Marjorie, his parents, their children and their grandchildren worshipping together in community.
I’m sure that many will speak fondly of Russell as a father and grandfather. Others will remember him as a man of faith and still others will remember him as an astute businessman.
But what I remember most about Russell was how patient and encouraging he was to me.
It would have been so easy for him to write off the new pastor, who was younger than most of his children, who had crazy ideas that would change the church he loved so much. Instead, he challenged me; he believed in me; he encouraged me and he spoke into my life. He was a friend in every sense of the word.
The last time I visited Connection Church in Truro, I commented on various things that Russell had done to make their building a better building. But more than that were the things he did to make Denn a better pastor.
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.