I received the sad news, yesterday, that Beulah Heavilin passed away. Many years ago, her husband, John, served as pastor of Hayward Wesleyan Church. Beulah ministered faithfully beside him.
Then, she began to suffer from crippling rheumatoid arthritis, which severly limited her physical ability and caused much pain.
Still, Beulah was able to pray and love. For decades, her dear husband, John, devoted himself to caring for her. Instead of serving in a church, he served his wife, which was the higher calling.
I happened to teach alongside their outstanding senior pastor, Steve DeNeff, last week. We prayed together for John and Beulah -- and both agreed that this selfless servant stands as a tremendous example to us. The love and care John demonstrated towards his ailing wife is the ultimate definition of success.
Now, Beulah is free. All the pain and suffering is over. Safe in the arms of Jesus! Free from all the limitation. Free to move without pain!
Please pray for John, and Beulah's other loved ones, which include her daughter, Keetha, who comments frequently on thie blog, and sister-in-law, Lois, who is married to Pastor Ben, who serves on staff at Hayward Wesleyan.
Pray that God will grant comfort and peace them all.
"Best of all," said John Wesley on his deathbed, "the Lord is with us."