Today is the one year anniversary of my granddaddy, Ray Ortlund, Sr.'s passing into Glory. My cousin, Mindy sent all of us Ortlunds this photo and message:
Today marks one year since Grandpa went to be with his Jesus. I found this photo in the archives: Grandpa next to the empty garden tomb in Jerusalem, 1992. "Jesus is alive today." So is our brother Ray, more alive than ever he has been, no longer subject to death!
I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
I myself will see him
with my own eyes -- I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!
But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.
--2 Timothy 3:14-15, NLT
Grandpa would say to all of us: "Go hard after God. Go with God.
He goes with you!"
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