(Be sure to read the postscript and the comments at the end.)
When Jack’s mother died, wife Marian realized that God finally had his attention.
Jack loved his mother, a godly woman whom he would never see again unless he changed his ways. Jack had no use for church and religion, but devoted all his weekends to hunting whatever was in season.
Marian asked a godly deacon in her church to pay Jack a visit. Dr. Norris Vest, dentist and devoted soulwinner, dropped in and led Jack to Christ. That’s when Jack informed Marian he did not care to attend her church. “Too big,” he said.
They’d heard me on the radio and decided to visit our church out at the edge of town.
I loved this little family from the start. Jack and Marian had two small girls, Julie and Cindy, who fit right in with the children at our church.
Our friendship has now lasted over 45 years. Margaret and I saw Jack and Marian perhaps once or twice a decade, but we dropped the occasional note and always felt each other’s love.
But what I wanted to tell you is something very special God did with this couple. Well, one of the very special things.