It has been my joy, my blessing, to know some fantastic people on my life journey whose witness has touched my soul. Alfred Henderson has been one of those people. C/19 will be written as his end of life determination, but God knows the very moment that our breath ends here, and our soul becomes eternal; C/19 did not win the battle, God called Alfred home.
I have known Alfred since the late 60s, early 70s. He genuinely cared about every person that he met. He was a joyful man. His dear Rubye was one of my wisdom women. Together as a couple, they were friends to me and many.
The Hendersons worshipped at First Baptist Plainview; their presence was constant; their faith was firm and abundantly evident.
Fast forward to Christmas 2019. On December 22, Alfred came through the preschool area on his way to his discipleship class. Because it was the Sunday before Christmas, he and I had dressed festively. I had the nudge, a fleeting thought to get a picture, so I asked someone to snap our "festive." I'm so glad that I acted on that nudge.
I could be his mother; he looks so young!!! He was sure young at heart. I will miss him bebopping through the church with his joyful attitude. He never was concerned about sadness or life trials because he had J-E-S-U-S in his heart.
I want to thank Alfred's nurse at Covenant Health Plainview for taking the time to dress for protection to hold the phone to his ear last night so that I could say goodbye. I know he could still hear me.
"He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you."
—1 Peter 1:3-4
Well done, good and faithful servant; your inheritance revealed. I love you, friend!