Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Living well

"Isaac Hann was a little-known Baptist pastor who served a small church in Loughwood, England, in the mid-18th century. At the close of his ministry the membership of his church numbered twenty-six women and seven men. Underneath the list of members for that year this poignant note appears: 'These are the men that remain at present, though not above four of these do in any shape keep their places [attend].'

Rev. Hann would be unnoticed today, one of those pastors who never quite 'made' it. But when he died at the age of 88, his parishioners placed a commemorative plaque in his honor of the wall of their little meeting house. It reads in part:

Wit sparkled in his pleasing face,
with zeal his heart was fired;
few ministers so humble were,
yet few so much admired.

Ripened for heaven by grace divine,
like autumn fruit he fell;
reader, think not to live so long,
but seek to live as well."

Thanks for this to my dear friend David Roper of Idaho Mountain Ministries.