Wednesday afternoons will never be the same

20 Feb

On Monday, I lost one of the more encouraging people in my life. Jackie Tisdale was a godly woman who loved Jesus and was not shy in talking about him. Some time that day, she stepped out of this life and into the presence of her Savior. Her departure was sudden and unexpected. She was so very much alive when I chatted with her on Saturday at our Senior Saints luncheon and on Sunday when she was at her post at the Welcome Desk at church.

On February 3, I preached a sermon on “The Three Chairs” which looks at how faith is not always passed on from one generation to the next. Each one of us needs to be a “first chair” follower and to have a firsthand experience of God rather than second hand knowledge. At the conclusion, I challenged the congregation to recommit themselves to following Christ. Jackie told me she recommitted herself to staying in the first chair.

On Wednesday afternoons, Jackie attended our Seniors Alive program. She would always stop by my office to say “Hello” and to chat. On the first Wednesday of the month, she would come into my office, lay hands on me, and pray for me. (Some people say they pray for you, and some people PRAY for you.)

A few weeks ago, Jackie told me that she never had a relationship like this with a pastor. After a previous pastor fell morally, she realized she needed to pray for her pastor. So she decided to adopt my wife and me and to diligently pray for us.

Wednesday afternoons will never be the same. I will miss her presence, her laughter, her joy, her love for Jesus, and her prayer support.

Thank you, Jesus, for Jackie and her godly encouragement. I look forward to seeing her again in heaven.


Posted by on February 20, 2019 in Encouragement, First Central Bible Church, Prayer


5 responses to “Wednesday afternoons will never be the same

  1. Lisa Galaska

    February 20, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Thank you for sharing, Jackie was a wonderful example of a first chair believer!

    🌼Enjoy the gift of today!


  2. Gwendolyn Miller

    February 20, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Beautifully Said and so true!! You are an example

  3. Gwendolyn Miller

    February 20, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing,You are an example

  4. lynnabbottstudios

    February 21, 2019 at 3:25 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a godly example she was!

  5. Lynn Johnson

    February 21, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks, Pastor Mark. We all loved Jackie so much. She radiated her love for Jesus and for others!


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