Monday, September 01, 2014
The Deacon at my church was someone you liked immediately. He had a smile that was contagious, plus a mysterious way of making you feel very special the second you met him. After being in his presence for a few minutes, you knew he had a very intimate relationship with the Lord. Plus you felt his genuine loving spirit and especially enjoyed his ability to make you laugh. Everyone who knew him, called him Deacon Bill with a very respectful and loving tone in their voices.
On Saturday, August 23, 2014, Deacon Bill answered a call for the local electric department which he was the superintendent of. For some reason, he was the only worker who was at the call for help; no one else appeared to be coming.
Deacon Bill did everything by the book and has extremely careful. However, this day was different. Deacon Bill watched a young mother and her four year old son inside their trailer in danger of being electrocuted because a live wire was almost touching their trailer, as well as sparks coming from the wire. Deacon Bill had only one choice, to move the wire, as well as possibly lose his life to save this mother and her son.
On Saturday, August 23, 2014, Deacon Bill sacrificed his life. The wire he moved burst into flames and fell on him. He was was electrocuted. His accident was investigated and the report verified that he is a true hero. Everyone in that trailer park knew he sacrificed his life.
When our church family and our community celebrated Deacon Bill's life, I learned all the loving, giving things this man had done for others. Everything he did, he did because of his love for Christ and he genuine desire to make others know how much they were loved.
I will miss Deacon Bill's humor and his big smile, but I know that he is still here...I am so blessed to have been in his presence, as well as to have personally been a friend.
On this Labor Day, I am remembering a remarkable worker, friend and hero, Deacon Bill. He gave the greatest gift one can give, to lay down his life for another.
“All heroes are shadows of Christ” ― John Piper , especially Deacon Bill.