If you will bear with me for a few moments, I would like to tell you about Henry Clark, and share with you some of the comments that people have sent from all over the place in these last few days.
Those of you who knew him better than I, can attest to the truth of what I say. If you did not know him well, it is important for you to understand that Henry was a Christian.
What do I mean when I say He was a Christian? Henry confessed (proclaimed out loud) that Jesus of Nazareth, who walked this earth 2,000 years ago, was the only begotten Son of God, and his Lord (King). He believed that this same Jesus died for the sins of the world, and rose again the third day.
This fact was the foundation, and central theme of his life. Someone recently told Pam, “There’s no telling how many people the two of you reached for Christ.”
On January 6th, 1990, Henry Clark married my sister Pam. I did not know Henry well at the time, but I knew his parents from church. John was an evangelist who preached fiery sermons, straight from the Bible. Henra Ann was a sweet little lady with a twinkle in her eye, who was always loving and kind.
Later, it became apparent that John and Henra Ann Clark had faithfully obeyed the Biblical admonition to
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
It wasn’t very long after Henry and Pam married, that I moved away. But, over the years, and the visits home, I came to know Henry as a loving and faithful husband, whose life exemplified to me the command from Ephesians 5,
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.
For the last 25 years, through joy and sorrow- good times and tribulations, they have been inseparable. Their marriage is built on the solid rock of the Bible.
But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head
As Corrie Ten Boom said, “In order to realize the worth of the anchor, we need to feel the stress of the storm.”
Last week, a friend messaged Pam to say, “His love for you and his Jesus always showed on his face and in his words.”
Henry had a mischievous sense of humor, and an easygoing nature… yet, there was an intensity about him. Particularly when he was sharing the gospel, or discipling new Christians.
Just the other day, someone said “The love of Christ lived through him, and he gave that to me.”
He went out of his way to make those around him feel welcomed. So many that knew him have written to share with Pam the impact that Henry had on their life:
- “He always brought happiness into a room”
- “He could spread joy quicker than anyone I have ever met.”
- “Thank you for showing me God’s love when I needed it most.”
- “I loved Henry like a brother. He pastored so many of us at work.”
I was especially impressed by that last message, because Henry worked at the federal government; a place where Jesus is not welcomed.
There has been a massive outpouring of love and condolences over the past week, and it has been such an encouragement to Pam. People have written from all over the United States and Canada to support, and share the way in which Henry & Pam touched their lives. One lady even messaged her from Ethiopia.
We all need to feel loved. And Henry would be overwhelmed, and warmed, and humbled by the number of people who have taken the time out of their schedule and come to remember him today.
And then he would want to make sure you left knowing … “as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment… where are you going to be when it’s YOUR body laying there in a box?” Do you know? Do you have hope?”
In just a moment, the preacher is going to show you how you too can have hope of life beyond this house of clay, so I will leave you with the simplicity of Christ.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.