His name is John and he has been a flight attendant for 15 years. Because I was in the front row and it was a non-stop flight, we had ample time to strike up a conversation.
John is 55 years old. He became a Christian 42 years ago when he was 13 years old.
Having attended church with his family, he was not unfamiliar with the teachings of the Bible. When he was 13 years old, his sister’s husband was involved in a serious car accident and they both moved in with John and his parents as they were in need of extra help.
It happened that one day only John and his brother-in-law were home when an uncle came to visit. During the course of the conversation, the uncle presented the gospel in a clear, concise manor and asked if John had asked Jesus to be part of his life. John said no, and the uncle led him in the prayer of salvation.
See my previous post for the prayer of salvation:
He was born again.
Now, 42 years later, he simply beams when talking about Jesus.
He is a member of North Point Community Church in Atlanta, pastored by Andy Stanley and although he misses the “old” hymns (as I do) he loves the preaching and is motivated each week to be a testimony for Jesus. John is involved in the church as well as the surrounding community as his church teaches by example.
John has experienced much in his life and travels, stories he did not wish to repeat. But he exclaimed that he did not know how one can get through life and the ordeals it can bring without having a personal relationship with Jesus.
Amen, brother. Amen.
“Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies.” Psalm 36:5
Life started badly for Teddy.
Losing her mother during her own childbirth and having her father just a year later abandon her; Teddy was raised by her grandmother, maiden aunt and bachelor uncle (brother and sister).
Teddy’s aunt was of the legalistic Christian variety while her uncle did not darken the door of the church, so obviously there were mixed messages growing up. Teddy always accompanied her aunt to church and basically accepted what was preached.
As a teenager she attended Pinebrook Camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. She again heard the gospel and knew she had to respond. Surrounded by campers and counselors at the evening campfire, she went forward to publicly accept Jesus Christ as her Savior. Teddy repented of her sins as best she knew how, and she never looked back. Sorting out what she had been taught and listening to the Holy Spirit within her, she began to have a personal relationship with Jesus.
Married twice, widowed twice, raising three children, having one child precede her in death, Teddy’s life’s journey has had many ups and downs. But her faith has grounded her and she continues to be steady in her belief and her trust in God. The irony of her own mother’s deathly sacrifice to bring about Teddy’s own life has never escaped her.
Now living in a retirement community, she is not shy in sharing her faith and her love for Jesus Christ. She continually invites new residents to her church and the worship service within her community. She lives out her faith.
Today, on Halloween, she turns 92 years old. Her love for Jesus grows stronger every day. She is my role model. Teddy is my mother.
“I will still be the same when you are old and gray,
and I will take care of you.
I created you. I will carry you and always keep you safe.”
Isaiah 46:4 CEV