One Year Later- Remembering a Friend

A year ago I lost a close friend. A man that I admired as a husband, father, and a pastor. The other day I was going through my text messages and found that I still had not deleted my messages from him. I don’t know if this is weird or sad. I am really not sure how to look at it. A part of me wants to keep the messages to remind me and encourage me how to be a better husband, worship leader, and man in general. I found myself getting emotional about how much I miss hanging out with him and learning from him. He taught me more about being a worship leader than anyone I have ever known. He was humble and he was all about bringing glory to Jesus. I pray that I can become half the man that Andrew Pray was.

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One year later and so much has changed. My perspective on life has changed. My perspective on worship has changed. My perspective on ministry in general has changed. I have wrestled with my calling more in the last 12 months than ever before. God has been faithful time after time and I am so grateful.

The lessons that I have learned from Andrew have outlived him. I have learned things a year from his passing that I didn’t know he was teaching me. That might seem strange, but it’s true nonetheless. Communication, preparation, leadership, love, anticipation, energy, humility, and so much more.

For now I will keep the messages. They help me to see how far I have come and help me to continue to grow in my walk with Jesus. It really is amazing how quickly this year has come and gone when I really think about it. Life is short for all of us– weather we live to be 30 or 100. When we look back 5 or 10 years, they all seem like they flew by. “Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!” (Psalm 39:5)

So this holiday season I will be remembering a friend and I will be thanking God for allowing me the opportunity to serve along side him and glean wisdom from him.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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