Thursday, April 1, 2010

Wow... it has been a year.....


I can't believe it has been almost an entire year since our lives were changed forever! I guess it is the talk of Easter, the weather, just all of it in general- that has me looking back to one year ago. This time last year we were anxiously awaiting our 3rd child to be born.... we were living our daily lives at Granny's house trying to care for Bro David..... we were spending most of our time with them knowing that we didn't have that much of it left.....and in a matter of days time was up. That is one of my biggest fears- when I am asked "What are your scared of?" my answer is almost always "Life- and how quickly it can be changed". And even though we knew our lives were going to be changed- there are some things you just can't be prepared for until it is there on you. We knew Bro David was soon to pass- but it still seems like it was soon. I dont' know that we would have ever said that the time was right in our eyes- but we know that in the Lord's eyes everything is done in His perfect time- and in His perfect will. Some people seem to be immortal- Bro David was one of them. He is gone- but SO not forgotten. There isn't a day go by we don't mention him- or see him in things we do- or miss him terribly. I loved that man long before I had the priveledge of being his grandaughter. He was there when I was a lost soul and The Lord let him be the one to help me find my way and to recieve my salvation. He had such a sweet spirit- I remember sitting in the back while he would preach to the lost and I would have tears streaming down my face..... He had a way..... and I know most of you know this.... he preached the gospel and it made you want to RUN to the alter...... He didn't scold you- he didn't shove torment in your face- he made you know that there was so much goodness in the ways of God that you just did not want to miss out on any of it, God had plenty for everyone and it is His will that we take Him up on what He had to give- eteranal peace, joy and love. Bro David was a salesman by trade (a man at his viewing told us of one time buying PINK suede shoes from Bro David when he worked at JC Penney's- when his mom saw that he was dying the shoes a different color she asked "Why did you buy those?" His answer was "Because David sold them to me." That was one the of best stories I was told in those 3 days) Bro David was also the best salesman for God that I have ever known- but he had something to offer that you would never change- you would never return- that would never become out of style- that would not shrink- that you could truly have forever. The 7th will mark 1 year since his passing- it was on Tuesday before Easter Sunday. JD said he always knew PawPaw would pass around Easter because it was his favorite time of year. If you wanted to stir him up- you start talking about that third day when Jesus arose..... I can still hear his high-pitched voice "Don't you know they rejoiced!!!" That Sunday night we had church and all of us went because we knew that is what Bro David would have done (He didn't lay out of church- even when he had every reason to stay home when his health was so bad- he went - and he loved it) The Lord looked at our church and 4 souls were saved that week and it was again the Lord's perfect time.... he knew how to mend our church- how to show us that life was going to go on and that we would all be ok as long as we put HIM first.....

"If you want peace- make peace..... If you want joy... make joy.... If you want love......have love :)"

7 comments:

Amber said...

He *was* such a sweet man, and we all miss him terribly! But he is in a MUCH better place, and we will see him again someday soon!

This also reminds me though, the day we went to his wake, Asher chopped his hair down to his scalp, and we had him buzzed, but let the front stay a bit longer, and SOOO many people thought his was your son (Kyle) when they saw him at first, I never thought they looked alike until then! :)

The Pritchett Parade said...

I didn't have the privilege of being around him alot but he was running our revival the year I recieved the holighost and like you said he sold me. He talked to me in a way not to scare you but to make you want to have the love joy and peace he had! I will always remember that voice!!! Also I so know how it is losing your preacher. It was 3 years in October that Uncle Paul has been gone and not a day goes by I don't remember something he taught me. What a treasure those two were. Makes me want to go even more!! Loved your post!!

Sherrill said...

Your post is such a testament to Bro. David's legacy. Your conviction and the message that so easily rolled off your fingertips (HA) was obviously instilled deep inside you - and Bro. David the willing instrument who delivered the message to you. Thank goodness the original author of the message still walks with us EVERY day. Nothing to fear - when the changes come - and they will, the Author (and the finisher!) will still be around being faithful to us. I LOVE that!!!

Shelby Baker said...

It doesn't seem like it's already been a year. On another note, well said! You're soo right!

Nicole said...

Ok, Drea thanks for making me cry. :)

NO You are so right. He was such a great man. He was by my side when I received it too!

Dustin K. said...

Ok Drea, you're picking up on some of my traites! Great writing! Just open your heart and let it type! :) I too miss him daily and I would have given anything if He'd been here during our accident! I loved him so! I like the quote, but is that what he said??? :) LOL!!!

The Brewer FireFighters said...

I was going to ask that too Dustin!! lol I love Bro David and miss him dearly. He was the first one I hugged when I received the HG. He had to stop me from shouting to ask what happened. Well said too..