Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Eulogy

Well crap.  Thanksgiving afternoon this world lost a great man.  He was a husband, a father and a friend to many.  He was taken too soon.  I mourn his loss but I'm grateful that the pain is over and that he's in heaven partying it up with Jesus.  Daniel Byron "Maus" McNary was a great man.

I remember the first time I met Maus.  It was my first Sunday attending Hope Christian Church.  I had interviewed for the position of youth pastor.  I was supposed to attend the church one Sunday incognito to get a feel for it.  Good plan, but it didn't work out.

After the service there was a very gregarious guy who recognized that I was a visitor.  He peppered me with questions, genuinely trying to get to know me.  He asked about how I'd heard about the church--I couldn't lie in church, could I?  So much for going incognito.  I made a great friend that day.

I remember so many Monday night Bible studies were after the host kicked us out we stood standing outside until midnight talking.  Talking about the Bible, about history, about comic books, about movies, about music--whatever struck our fancy that night.

Maus and his family helped me through some tough times and low points in my life.  I'm a bit of an introvert.  I have a difficult time forming and maintaining relationships with people, and they reached out to me.  They invited me to their weekly family get-togethers.  I was going through a period of burnout in ministry and of depression.  They took me in and made me a part of their family.  They helped me keep my sanity and stay grounded.

His selflessness stands out as his most endearing quality.  He's always been so outgoing and concerned for others.  One of the last times I saw him he was in the hospital.  At the time and my wife and I were going through some very rocky times.  Before I could ask about him, Maus asked me how we were doing.  Before I could pray for him, Maus asked me to come over to his bed so he and Ronett could lay hands on me and pray for my marriage.  That act of selfless kindness has touched me more than anything else. 

He was a great man, and I miss him.

Ronett, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls.  I am here for you, whatever you need.

I want end this with a quote from another friend who was taken before his time:  "We were created, redeemed and sustained by God.  He did all the work.  We were created for His glory and for His pleasure.  So how can we be mad at Him for calling one of us home?" - Jonathan Booker

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