It was August of 1973 and I was about to begin college to study for the ministry. The phone rang and I answered it, to hear the voice of Dr. Clement Monroe, who was the founding physician of Moore Regional Hospital (now First Health). He was a friend of our family and had known me all of my life. He invited me to lunch the next day and I, of course, agreed.
After a delightful lunch, we went and sat in his private den. He looked at me and said, “I am not sure how you will take this, but God has laid on my heart to do something for you.” I was astonished and asked what he had in mind. He replied, “While you are in school, I am going to pay for your books.” I was blown away at his generous expression of love.
For four years of college and three years of graduate school, his check came and it was always enough to cover my books. I know that this was a “God thing.” Throughout the time of my study and formation for ministry, I encountered the generosity of God through so many people. There were those who prayed for me, those who encouraged me, and those who gave me gifts to help along the way. I experienced the grace and the generosity of God through the love of so many people.
I have been blessed in the way that God called me, gifted me, guided me, and used me in ministry. As I reflect on God’s grace and generosity to me, I have to give thanks to God for the family, friends, and others who across way, revealed God’s grace and generosity to me. Thanks be to God.