Yesterday morning at our church, I experienced a moment in my life that I will never forget.. A little back story..
For the last several years (since 2004) I have been going to our Christian church. I initially went along w/ a friend a couple of times, and then continued to go by myself w/ Kaylor. It’s a large church and definitely intimidating at first, and I’ve never been a person that likes to be in large crowds, when I don’t have a friend or someone I know to be w/. But, I kept going.
There was one particular older gentleman, that was a door greeter, whom I’d never met before. Every single Sunday when walking into the sanctuary, he would stop me, and give me a great big hug. Granted, there were hundreds of people entering those doors every week, but he would only stop me to give me that hug, and I felt so welcomed and loved each & every time.
He is the reason I kept going every Sunday. He is truly my Christ sent angel, and he is my angel that grew my relationship w/ Christ. I know that if I had not felt welcomed by that one single soul, I would have avoided continuing to go each week to sit by myself.
All of these years, I’d never known his name, never got to thank him, and I had only briefly saw him one other time at church. That is, until this Sunday. Erik & I sat in an area of seats that we don’t normally, simply so that we could stay closer to the kids in the nursery. I had plans after church, and needed to get them picked up so that we could head out. God had other plans 🙂
As we were singing worship songs prior to the sermon starting, I saw that man. The same man that has always been in my heart. I knew I had to find him after the sermon was through. God knew that it was finally the right time & place for me to find this man. Our sermon was about John the Baptist, and humbly serving others. This man, with no idea of his impact was a pure reflection of Christ. Humbly serving each Sunday, and touching my life, in an amazing way, that he was not even aware of.
Erik headed to pick up the little ones, and I went to look for this man downstairs, and to get Kaylor. I quickly found him, and instantly tears filled my eyes as I began to talk. I picked up his hands, held them in mine, and I thanked him. I thanked him for bringing me to Christ all those years ago. I explained to him that I had started going to Eastview many years ago, and that HE was the reason that I kept coming back, simply because of his weekly hug. I told him that he was truly my angel, and had shown me the path to a Christ centered life. He then gave me a hug that felt as if Christ’s arms were wrapped around me. When we parted, his hands still on my shoulders, he too had eyes filled w/ tears. He simply responded, “thank you”, and hugged me again. I finally had to ask his name, and he replied through a shaky, tear filled response, “Ken. My name is Ken”, and asked me my name as well.
He wanted to introduce me to his wife, who was walking by, and she was also a familiar face that I had seen many times at church, but had not officially met before. I then gave her a briefing of why her husband & I were beside ourselves.. lol She too, hugged me w/ loving arms.
I am so, so thankful for the opportunity to meet this man. He had no idea how he touched my life, and my heart, and I couldn’t be happier to have shared that w/ him.
While we never know how our walk of faith will go, or where it will lead us, and often times it swerves and has bumps & hills to climb, I’m so thankful that I’m still walking on the path w/ Christ. I’m thankful to know that Christ has always been w/ me on my walk, no matter which way I turn, and even times when I’ve turned away from Him, He was still w/ me. Thank you, Lord. Thank you for sending Ken to be your light for my path.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105