“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Charles Walter is a dear friend that is currently transitioning from this life into the next life where he will live in the full presence of His Lord and Savior. I first met Charles and his dear wife seven years ago when I invited Michael and me to have breakfast with them while at Perkins Restaurant. It was the beginning of a wonderful friendship, embracing a new family, and many footprints on my soul.
Charles soon made it known that he was a prayerful man of God and the pastor of his church, St Paul Missionary Baptist. He and Michael spent many Saturday mornings, over breakfast, discussing faith, scripture, and life, while his wife Frances and I sipped our coffee and talked about the important “girl stuff”.
It did not take long for the “good Baptist Pastor” to invite us to church and we soon became aware God had very different plans for our life. He never once let Michael sit in the congregation, but immediately validated the minister inside that he knew Michael to be. What a gift to a man who had given up his position as a Catholic Canonical priest because God was leading him on different path. The power in that one invitation provided us with a church family we would never have thought possible.
Charles was also musically inclined and wrote many songs, none published, but songs that spoke to my soul. Songs, I sing to this day, and miss hearing him singing them. Charles was also a preacher of the Word, and when he preached, he at times hit me square between the eyes and I heard the Word in a new way. I was challenged and with my faith in God and learned more about who I am as the beloved child of God.
Just so you don’t get the wrong idea, Charles was not perfect. He was simply a man of God, walking his journey in the presence of His Lord. He possessed an obedient heart, a humble spirit, and a passion for Jesus His Savior.
Charles is currently in Hospice with his family surrounding him. We do not know the hour, but we do know that he is ready to go home and be with the Father. I want to thank you Charles, for being the friend, guide, teacher, and life example of a man of God that you have been in my life. Thank you for the footprints on my soul. Peace to you in your home going.
(I just received word this morning that my dear friend Charles went home to be with the Lord at 3:00 am. I was blessed to have spent much of the day with him and his family yesterday.)
Leanne the Urban Hermit
You may see more about the impact of Charles life by going to www.neighborhoodboutiques.com/urbanhermit and looking for my blog “A well lived life” that was published on August 19, 2015.