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I “met” David in January 2014 when I joined Life Letter Cafe. We exchanged a few emails and I answered several questions and I was invited in.
Virtual relationships weren’t David’s forte – he preferred up close and personal and I will never forget the morning he telephoned me for the very first time. We had house guests and were in the throes of a power outage.
“Hi Shipe, this is David Miller – do you have a minute?”
“David Miller of Life Cafe? Uh, sure.” As I gave my husband the eye to take care of our company.
I settled in my yellow recliner at the living room window and listened. With David, one listened, he dominated the conversation but then he said, “I really need you to pray for us.”
And, as is my customary practice when asked to pray, I prayed right then. I felt the presence of Holy Spirit as I prayed and from that day forward, the Miller’s and I were soul joined.
Over the years, I had many of those phone calls, “Shipe, can you talk?” And, we would talk until I was called away by a business call.
“See ya, love ya – give our love to Cheri.” Click. Click.
In September of 2017 I received a call – from David at their new position as Innkeepers on Bald Head Island, a remote and naturalistic island off the coast of North Carolina – accessible only by ferry.
“Why don’t you and hubs come be our guests for a couple of days?”
“Now, David, do you really mean that because we CAN make that happen.”
We did and enjoyed a fabulous couple of days on the island and in David and Cheri’s generous care. David, known for his wood burning grill, prepared exquisite breakfasts and dinners and Cheri never allowed our coffee cup to empty. We had a golf cart assigned to us for island use. They were the quintessential hosts with the most.
Now that we had met face to face contact our friendship grew.
To hear that David has stepped within the gates has touched me to the depths of my soul. Oh, I know where he is and how he is and all those other things one says when a Jesus-follower passes from this earth but man, I’m going to miss his out-of-the-blue phone calls in the middle of a busy Monday morning. I’m going to miss joining hearts to pray for faith to believe the impossible.
David had a heart for Gospel. “Just love them,” he’d say, “the way Jesus would.” God will take care of the rest.
David Miller, you have heard the words Enter, My good and faithful servant. Now, it’s up to the rest of us to carry your baton.
I pray we do it well.
I want to thank all of you, Life Letter Cafe bloggers, for your faithful love of Jesus and how all of you have touched our lives over the years – you truly were our “church without walls.”
Today was David’s time to go home – where he will be waiting to greet each one of us.
Thank all of you.
All my love,