Graveside Prayer - Dave Johnson

Lord, we want to praise and thank You again for the precious gift of our friend & beloved brother, Bill MacDonald.

Words fail us as we try to express our heart-felt gratitude for giving us such a godly man who means so much to us, a man who truly was a spiritual father to so many of us. He was a brother who daily reminded us of the character & grace of Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ and consistently pointed us to Him. He was a brother who was the embodiment of what Paul said, For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Thank you that though Bill is dead, he still speaks to us through his writings, his teaching, and the sweet memory of his life.

Lord, we are going to miss him and the wisdom, humility, devotion, godly counsel, the love and friendship that overflowed from his life and profoundly touched our lives and those of countless others around the world. Thank you that our brother fought the good fight valiantly, that he ran the race and finished the course well. We believe there is a crown of righteousness laid up for him which he will lovingly lay at Your feet.

Thank you Lord Jesus, that Bill is now home with You, the One whom he loved above all and served so faithfully. Thank you that his faith is now made sight as he gazes upon You, the One who loves us and gave Himself for us. Thank you that his joy is made full as he hears Your voice saying, Well done, good and faithful servant. Truly precious in Your sight is the death of Your godly ones.

As we say farewell to our dear friend and brother, we do so with sorrow and joy: sorrow that he is no longer with us, but fullness of joy knowing that He is with You forever. We say goodbye for now, with fond remembrance of one who led us, who spoke the Word of God to us and having seen the outcome of his way of life, we ask Lord, help us by Your grace to imitate his faith.

We do so looking forward to that day when we will see our brother again around Your throne joining our voices with his and those from every tribe and tongue and nation saying, Worthy, worthy, worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing. Amen.