Well, first of all, I want to thank all of you who have prayed for, and or in any way at all, helped pay tribute to my dad, David Grimes, or reach out to our family at his passing. I placed a thank you ad in Tuesday’s paper but wanted to thank you all again. The service was beautiful. He would have been pleased.
You know, I have been very fortunate in my lifetime in that I have had my mom and dad so long. I know many of you have not had that opportunity. I do know that when you lose someone you love that the sting never really goes away. My dad and I were very close but I also know that as Paul said in the latter stages of his life, “I have run the race; I have finished the course, I have kept the faith, and there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness and for all those who love His appearing.” 2 Tmothy 4:7
My dad ran a great rac and is home. That is the Blessed Hope and surety we have as Christians. It makes all the difference in the world.
Already, his words and help have echoed in my mind at appropriate times. I know it will always be so. I could write 52 columns this year about some really cool things he said and did but I will simply draw from them from time to time as they fit a particular theme. But I do want to say this. My dad often, in his clear mind, talked about the way the world had turned over many times in his 101 years. He lamented so much of the values and principles he had grown up with and lived by were fast disappearing. He would say to me, “We are lucky we are as old as we are.”
He believed that history was winding down and that the Lord would come soon. He was a strong advocate for the unborn, for the poor, the needy, the forgotten, and the underdog. He instilled all of that in me, as has my mom. And in the last two weeks of his life as we were talking about things, he mentioned and discussed with me the work I was doing. He always told me to slow down, but he was very committed to me that I should in particular continue my involvement with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, of which they have so kindly allowed me this time to be there for my dad. They understood.
Ed Gregory, one of the State Coordinators for BGEA was in attendance at my dad’s funeral. My dad said to me that there were and are many people who need to know the Lord. He was so right. That conversation will stick in my mind always. Whatever I was to do in whatever time I had left should, he thought, be in trying to reach people for the Lord. With that in mind, I am getting ready to re-evaluate my ministry outreaches and certainly focus more than ever on evangelism.
Only in Jesus Christ is there any hope for any of us. We are all sinners and lost without knowing Christ as our personal Savior and Lord. Our world has no hope without Him. We see daily the effects of our society and world shutting Him out of our lives. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. That message is critical for all of us to realize. My dad lived to be 101. But many die much younger and many die unexpectantly. Eternity for all of us is one stopped heartbeat away. There is a line, Job said, which no one can cross. There are no second chances after death.
The most important thing any of us can do is to make a decision for Christ. It does not matter who we are, where we are, or who we think we are. We all need salvation that comes alone through Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us as did Jesus that we, my dad, has a place prepared for Him in Heaven. Jesus wants us to have the same but unless we accept Him and His finished work for us on the Cross and His resurrection, when death comes, we will be on the outside looking in. The Lord does not want this and He promised that salvation is open to all who will receive Him.
As I mourn my dad’s passing, I can tell you that I know that He is in fine shape today. He can see and he has traded in his worn out body for a new one and as Dwight L. Moody, the great evangelist said as he neared death, “Do not mourn for me because when you are at my funeral, I will be more alive than ever before.” Amen.
You can have that assurance as well. Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Today is a good day to be sure. All it takes is confessing your sins and asking Him to take over and take charge of your life and come into your heart as you confess Him as Lord and Savior. Then find a good Bible believing church and attend and endeavor to walk with Him as your Lord every day. And if you have not been baptized get baptized, as different churches do different things with that. But the critical thing is all about a decision for Him. Get off the throne of your life and let Him take His rightful place.
As for me, I hope I can be that “nobody that tells anybody that Somebody loves everybody.” That is my calling and one I know my dad was proud of.
Thank you for your love and prayers.