Pastor Wally Fus is closer to Jesus now. And that says a lot because they were already pretty close. I know we're not supposed to "judge" someone's salvation and eternal destiny… but sometimes you just know when someone was good friends with Jesus.
My heart cries out for Shirley today. Shirley, your husband was a dear man and I know you will miss him. When you and Wally joined us for our Young Marrieds retreat in Canmore, your example of a godly couple in love was a pivotal moment for many of our younger couples. I have prayed many times that my relationship with Kathy will be as challenging and fresh and cute through the years as the one you had with Wally.
Wally and I began working together at Brentview the same week. What a special privilege that was for Jesus to give me. I am thankful for the years that Wally and I met with people as they received Jesus into their lives. I will forever remember the moments of bedside ministry as we sat and prayed and held hands with people in their final hours. I am thankful for our many moments of prayer and laughter and wrestling as we sought to pursue Jesus in ministry. I will miss Wally's encouragement… very much miss it. And strangely, I'm a bit suprised this morning to actually be grieving the quirky way Wally approached our church staff meetings… and that speaks to Wally's impact upon me… because I never thought I would ever miss a staff meeting. And perhaps most of all, I will miss Wally's overflowing well of passion to see people know Jesus— There just aren't enough people like that anymore. Wally genuinely, heartfully, cared for others because he so deeply cared for Jesus.
Into Your hands is Wally's spirit committed, Lord. And Jesus, many of us look forward to the day when we will be privileged to see Your servant Wally in Your humble glory. Amen.