I can’t let this devotional time go by without taking a moment to introduce you to a very important man in my life. It is not my father, even though my father has made a big impact on me. It is not my uncle Charles or Raymond, who both are very fine men. It is my uncle Herman Sechrist who stepped through heaven’s gate back in January of 2001.
Herman was the one person in our extended family who was given the honor of leading the rest of the family in prayer each Sunday at the dinner table. You see, he was the eldest male in the family and that was their role. Each Sunday, as the family gathered at my grandparent’s home for Sunday dinner, he would pray; “Make us true and thankful for these and all other blessings. In Christ sake. Amen.” I will never forget that prayer because I have used it as my own for over fifty years. It is a special prayer to me not only for what it says in such simple words…”make us true and thankful”…but it is special because the man who prayed it… sought to live it out in everything he did. My family is a very spiritual family. But Uncle Herman was a saint… who led the rest of our family in matters of the Spirit. Along with my father and mother, my aunts and uncles… who were and are great people of faith, Herman stands tall as a great Christian who had a profoundly deep spiritual influence on us all.
We should be thankful for those near us who have cared enough to live before us lives that were examples of Christian Saints.
Dear God, we thank you for giving us people, like my Uncle Herman, who not only prayed to you but devoted their life to you and sought to fulfill their prayers in their daily living… for as they were doing that, whether they realized it or not, they were having a great influence on little ears and little eyes that would last a lifetime. Amen.
Grace and Peace