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In Memory of Walton Hillerich
11th September 1932 –
21st February 2012

Michael - Walton's oldest son

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(written on Wednesday, February 22, 2012)

Several years ago I had an experience that was a little out of the ordinary.  I was walking toward the front entrance of my place of employment when an elderly couple parked in front got my attention.  The man in the driver's seat motioned to me to come over.

When I walked over and stood by their car he looked up at me and smiled and said, "You're Monte's son aren't you?"  A little surprised I replied, "Yes." 

He said, "you look like him, and you have his walk."

He asked me how my Dad was.  I told him that he and my mother divorced when I was about two.  That he had remarried, moved to Oregon, has two other sons and three daughter, and retired from the John Deere Co.

The man went on to say, "Your Dad and I served in the NAVY together.  I was younger than the other guys when enlisted because I lied about my age.  Your Dad sort of took me under his wing and watched out for me, we hung out together.  He was a little wild, but so were we all.  He was a great friend.  I haven't seen him since we got out of the NAVY.  Tell him I asked about him next time you hear from him."

I did.

Those words, "You look like him and you have his walk," impressed themselves on my heart deeply because the implication of those words go far beyond and deeper than many would realize.

As Christians we all share an inheritance that goes beyond faith.  We have a privilege of knowing.  A knowlege of God and His promises that this world cannot comprehend.  We sense His abiding presence with us from early on not knowing why at times.  Gently persuading us along life's journey leading us and drawing us ever closer to Him and into His loving embrace.  Taking pride, not self pride, but the pride that every parent experiences as they witness their child take his or her first step and every step from that point on as they journey in the right direction.

Finally Home
Words & music by Don Wyrtzen, D-Min, SWBTS 2006-present,
Professor of Church Music and Chapel Pianist


When engulfed by the terror of
tempestuous seas,
unknown waves before you roll,
at the end of doubt and peril is eternity.

Though fear and conflict seize your soul
when surrounded by the blackness
of the darkest night
O how lonely death can be!

At the end of this long tunnel is a shining light
For death is swallowed up in victory!

But just think of stepping on shore
and finding it heaven,
of touching a hand and findint
its God's,
of breathing new air, and finding it celestial,
of waking up in glory - and finding it home.

When all is said and done at the sound of that "Last Trump" sounding the victory when those who sleep in the grave are awakened and those of us who are alive at the time of Christ's appearing will receive their change, when this mortal body becomes immortal.

When Christ gathers us all together may He say, "You look like our Father and you have His walk.  Well done thou good and faithful servant.  Enter thou into my kingdom."

For now we see through a glass darkly; but
then face to face: now we know in part;
but then shall we know even asl also we are known.

1 Corinthians 13:12


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