[Tho this is somewhat of a repeat, I felt led to post it… perhaps someone needs its encouragement today.]
This picture is of my mom, at age 84, being baptized by my brother Dave Cannon (this was taken when he was still on pastoral staff at Grace Church of Mentor, OH; but now he is pastoring Calvary Baptist Church in Hollister CA–for those who may know him). If you had asked me 30 years ago, if I’d ever have seen this day, I would have said no. Even just 5 years ago, my mom considered herself to be a “good Christian,” convinced that her own good works could buy her way to heaven. God works miraculously, though…and after my Dad’s death she began to search in her own private way. After she moved in with us, the inquiries became more and more frequent, until they literally reached the point of “What must I do to be saved?” She trusted Christ (she had begun to read the Bible through, the year before), and flew out to OH to be baptized by my brother. Talk about sweet opportunities. That was back in 2005.
When mom moved in with us, I took over doing her books. I went through all the old files, combing through papers and ledgers in my dad’s angular scrawl. I miss him greatly. Just for sentiment’s sake, I opened a little pocket calendar of his, from 2004. I wanted to see what he was doing in those months that led up to his accident…and really, just to see his writing again. In October of that year, there was an entry in big capital letters (and circled boldly) that read, “SINNER’S PRAYER”. This was just a few days after he had met with Pastor Bob Potter in Mentor, OH. The same entry was written in the block for the following Sunday. My Dad had trusted Christ, just a little less than two months shy of his fall, which ushered him into a coma. I had suspected as much, just by his demeanor and interest in spiritual things when we would talk on the phone. What a treasure to have this testimony to hold in my hands.
Why do I post this on the blog? Well, perhaps you’ve been praying for a relative, that they might see their need of a Savior. Maybe you got together with relatives over Christmas, and you are feeling discouraged…that they will never understand…that they are beyond hope. But He is the God of hope. Keep praying, keep loving them, keep faithful in ministering the Word when you can. “God specializes in things thought impossible,” as the song goes.
There are still others in our families we are praying for. I want to follow George Muller’s example and pray in faith, believing. Believing. You too? Let me know how I can pray for you, or your loved ones.