As another year comes to an end, I find myself, as many others, reflecting on life and what’s most important. This morning I was reminded of a long-time friend who passed away in 2019. My last visit with Hamilton is one that I will never forget. He was a co-worker and friend for many years. A unique and eccentric individual with a great sense of humor. In the audio and video industry that we worked in; his technical skills were amazing. I can truly say I never knew anyone quite like Hamilton. Unfortunately, he spent the last days of his life battling Parkinson’s disease. On my last visit with him we had a special morning enjoying coffee, bagels, and wonderful conversation. After about an hour and a half, the Parkinson tremors had become so bad that he could barely sit up in his chair. He asked if we could end our meeting so he could get some rest. The impact of what happened next is hard to explain. As I was about to leave, we prayed in the foyer with his wife. After the prayer, Hamilton looks up at me with intense emotion on his face and asked me “What can I do for God? How can I be used by Him? Surely I can be a testimony for someone!” Then being too weak to stand from the tremors, he proceeds to craw on his hands and knees up the staircase to his bedroom. As I left his house, I was overwhelmed, and tears flooded my eyes. I had just witnessed someone who’s body was being ravaged by a debilitating disease ask the question “What can I do for God.”
Hamilton passed not long after this, but hopefully his final convictions about what’s truly important will be an inspiration to you. Let us continue to look for ways to be used by God. Let us seek the will of God while we can.
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
Blessing to you all in 2022,
Follower of Jesus