Posts Tagged ‘Grandpa’

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Go-to Gram

August 1, 2009

During their first year of marriage, when Gram and Grandpa were finishing their junior and starting their senior year at Asbury College, Grandpa was responsible for three churches every weekend. Saturday and Sunday would involve trips to each of these churches in turn to deliver the weekly sermon. Fortunately, Grandpa was able to preach the same sermon at each location, and suffice it to say, by the time he reached the third church the congregation received a real humdinger of a message. He practically had it memorized by that point.

However, as any public speaker knows, there are days when no matter how well you have practiced or how dear the material is to you, it simply does not flow. Grandpa experienced one such Sunday while preaching at church number two. He had conveyed the first point of his sermon nicely and was preparing to proceed to the second point, when he realized that he had no idea what that point was. He flipped through his Bible momentarily, then rummaged in his sermon notes, but that second sermon idea had completely slipped from him.

He then turned to the best source available, the one who accompanied him to every church, every visitation, every service. From the pulpit, he called out, “Virginia! What was my second point?”

From her seat in the congregation, Gram proudly shouted out to him the idea that had escaped him. Her attentiveness allowed him to recover and continue with his message. After all, the sermon must go on.

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A Preacher’s Proverbs

December 3, 2008

Grandpa Lloyd was a preacher, through and through. He had started off in life as a business man, but when he felt God’s call on him to preach, he left that field and went straight to Asbury College where he studied to be a minister. Coincidentally, that is where he met the love of his life, whom we call Gram. They served as class chaplains together, which must be code for falling in love, because there has never been anyone else for either of them ever since.

Hughes Auditorium, Asbury College

Hughes Auditorium, Asbury College

Most of us grandkids did not get to know Grandpa that well, because he passed away from a heart attack in 1981. However, since all his daughters and Gram quote him frequently, we feel as if we really do know him after all.

Below is an incomplete list of some of Grandpa’s frequent sayings and proverbs. If anyone can think of more of Grandpa’s sayings which I am leaving out, please post a comment here or send an e-mail to memoriesblogger at gmail dot com, and I will add those to the list. A big shout out goes to Mom and Gram who helped me compile this list so far.

A Preacher’s Proverbs

Two can live as cheaply as one, if one of them doesn’t eat.

I don’t care how high you jump or how loud you yell, as long as you walk straight when you hit the ground.

If you don’t want to go to hell, don’t smell like you’ve already been there.

Keep smiling by praying. (that was typed on all his communications – personal and church both)

Blessings on you! (his typical good bye)

Ain’t got no use for the do-das (ladies). (not sure why he always said that, except he had a house full of women and he thought it was funny.)

If you can’t be true to one or two, you’re much better off with three.

Cast your bread on the water and it will come back with butter and jelly on it.

If you walk in the light as He’s in the light, you’ll come out all right.

Don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good.