He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.
Thought for the Day: He knows Christ and Makes Him Known
Fifty-nine years ago, a baby was born to Reeves and Mary Priscilla Locke. What a blessing that fourth child was and what an amazing man he has become. Yes, there was the time he got excited about holding a soda bottle, spun it around and let go of it straight into a huge store front window (Men inside went flying!) Yes, there was a time he began throwing his dad’s church keys up in the air then catching them…only to throw them up one too many times with them coming down into one of the church chandeliers. But then, there was the time, at one week old, that he began his campmeeting life at Joyner’s Campmeeting. There was the time he walked into his parents’ kitchen to tell them that he had decided to direct church music for a living….they were not excited about that decision at that time, but boy were they proud when he became one of the best around. And, there was the time he began his time offering his music love with the folks at Joyner’s Campmeeting as he became song leader. Personally, there was the time yours truly visited Joyner’s Campmeeting with her parents and talked for the first time with this man…and she realized there might be life again after losing her first husband over a year before. There was the time a little red-headed baby, and later a little black-haired baby (yes – black-haired), were placed in his arms making him a Daddy. More than anything else, fifty-nine years ago God placed an amazing baby on this earth who became a wonderful musician, a wonderful pastor, an awesome friend to many, a tremendously perfect husband and father, and a man created to share his love of Christ with everyone he met. Mark Locke became a God-fearing, God-loving, Ordained Deacon in The United Methodist Church to show Jesus to the World.
So, Happy Birthday, Mark G. Locke! May God bring His loving arms around you. May God bless all who come into your presence as You show them God’s love. You were born to “Know Christ and to Make Him Known” and you do that very well.
Prayer: God, thank you for placing people in our lives who show us how to live in love for you. Be with all of us to help us become Your face to the world, as others have been to us.
Prayer Focus: Born to be a Follower of God