Roy's Story

Roy reflects on 90 years of faith, from meeting Jesus through his wife, to finding His comfort after she passed away.

Roy reflects on 90 years of faith, from meeting Jesus through his wife, to finding His comfort after she passed away.

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Well, He's made all the difference in the world, obviously
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I just can't imagine my life without Him being in my life.
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And He's been in my life a long, long time.
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More years than I like to think, quite honestly.
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My name is Roy, and this is my story.
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I came to faith, really, around about the time
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when I got engaged to my wife.
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I went to the Salvation Army mercy seat
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and I can see it now, but I would be around about 10.
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Not fully understanding what it was really about.
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It wasn't until I came back out of the Forces,
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when I would be around 20/21
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and getting engaged to my wife,
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who was a fully committed Christian.
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Once I decided we would get engaged, it was then
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that I realised that Jesus, I had to open the door for him.
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We were able to share our bible reading together and
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that lasted for 60+ years and I counted that
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an incredible privilege.
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I'm not quite sure whether I would have kept faithful,
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if it hadn't have been for my wife, but she would say,
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"Just remember who we're faithful to".
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And, yeah.
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So, I have much to thank her for.
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Thank the Lord for, as well, for bringing us together.
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Ninety! Gracious me!
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But there it is,
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I am and I'm still able to go along to the Salvation Army
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on regular services, but I'm also able to go along on a
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Wednesday and work in the office.
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Had a fellow come in only today, needing some food.
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Somebody that was needy.
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He did say to me, "Why do you do this?"
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And I said, "It's because I'm a Christian and I have the
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love of the Lord and therefore, I should have love for
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other people and that's why I'm anxious to help you."
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I think the opportunity is given to you by the Lord.
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The opening comes and you've got to be willing
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and ready for that.
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So, once we sow a seed, then the Lord will then
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bring it to fruition.
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The most difficult time, of course, was three years ago,
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when my wife passed away.
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I found that extremely difficult to cope with
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and I think it was my prayer life that really got me
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through that.
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I found the Lord much closer since then.
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Well, it's a wonderful experience, isn't it?
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Being able to share it with the Lord.
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The King of Kings.
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Somebody really special.
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He's faithful, because He loves me,
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and I find that incredible,
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because, at the best of times,
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I fail Him.
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There are times when I ought to speak up and I don't,
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knowing that He would be there to back me up.
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His word tells me that He will be faithful to his promises
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and yet I still let Him down.
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But at the end of it all, He loves me and I find that
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just incredible.
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A minister in the town here was at the Seaman's Mission
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and a great fellow.
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Didn't matter what it was, he would spiritualise it.
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And speaking to a colleague of his, he was telling me
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he said, "If everybody was like Malcolm, there would be
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queues at the church doors to get in".
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And I would just like to think
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that people will give the same tribute to me,
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when my time comes to meet Father.