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Topic: GENEROUS (10/31/19)
- TITLE: My Friend
By Jim Harrison
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D.A. has been married for just over twenty-six years, and he cherishes his lovely God-fearing wife and two beautiful daughters. One daughter will graduate from college next year, and daughter number two is about to graduate from high school.
All of the girl's lives, mom and dad brought them to church for Sunday services as well as programs for children, and when they were of age, they served. This family is very generous financially, as we as with their time. I remember when I first met this man, we hit it off from the very beginning. I am African American, and he Caucasian, as I looked around all that I saw were faces different from my complexion. I was 56 years old, and he was age 40, a 16-year difference in our ages. Just call me big brother. My wife and I truly felt welcomed. Haven't you ever met someone and just knew that you were going to be friends? After knowing D.A. for only four months, he and his small daughters brought over a large box of food, and to this day, they still bless my family during the Thanksgiving holiday season. My friend D.A. is one of the most generous men that I have ever known. He also, Our Father, the Lord of all, has genuinely blessed him and his family. He not only tithes and gives offerings from the family income, but likewise, his business also tithes.
My friend is like myself, a Prayer Warrior, and he also is an Armor Bearer for our Pastor or whoever is in the pulpit on any given Sunday. For years he would pick me up for 6am prayer at the church for men. We always had time-sharing and confessing our sins from my home to the church. When we would arrive at the church parking lot, before going in, we would pray for each other. Another observation he calls me sometimes during the week when the Holy Spirit puts me on his heart. As a business owner, he is hands-on and
wants to make sure that everything, as well as everybody, is at their best. He even travels to make sure his clients are still happy with his companies services. When he flies as well as many other businessmen in my sphere of influence, contact me to let me know when they are traveling so that I can cover them as well as their families in prayer.
I remember once D.A. gave me a call one Saturday morning and asked for my assistance to help a woman with the removal of some trash bags from her home and take them to the dump. Well, we set out to assist this woman who was
a stranger to us, she was not a member of our congregation, and it turned out that she was not a churchgoer. We pulled into her driveway and then knocked on her door. When the door opened up, what an immediate surprise to both my
friend and myself. I remember an undesirable odor and bags and bags of trash that filled rooms and just small paths to move throughout the house. Well, we completed the task just as if we were working for the Lord. Neither I nor D.A. was led by the Holy Spirit to witness to this woman. We loaded his truck to the maximum limit and off to the dumpsite we went. We obviously mentioned our observations one to another, and we prayed for this woman's soul. We went for a coffee, and then he dropped me off at my home.
Yes, when I think of the word "Generous," my friend comes to mind. Sometimes when he sees me, he blesses me by putting something in my hand or in my pocket. With the words, take your wife out for coffee or lunch. He is a fantastic Strongman of God, he as myself work hard to be
intentional about our Christian walk. Until Next Time.
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