Tonight, we headed over to Rocky Creek for their Christmas program. The one song that stood out to me most, “Forever King”, was one Donald Shockley (Worship Pastor) had also led while at our former church, Temple Baptist.

The song itself is awesome, but seeing the different banners with the names of Jesus being paraded down the aisle while it is being sung is incredibly moving — particularly tonight, as two very special friends came to mind: Joan Coker and Jimmy Ray.

Joan Coker personified the Proverbs 31 woman. She was soft spoken and a behind-the-scenes servant who did not desire a glance of glory but demanded it all go to the One she loved the most… Jesus. I had the privilege of working on the banners with her at Temple. Her children were all grown so we would meet upstairs in her humble little home where she sewed, and especially prayed, tirelessly. More time was spent in prayer over the pattern and preparation of the banner than in the stitches themselves. She went home to be with the Lord several years ago — a place she longed to be.

Jimmy Ray was a godly man who loved his family and the Lord. His son, Matt, was one of Brandon’s very best friends growing up. Jimmy passed away suddenly on February 2nd this year at the age of 54. Tonight, he immediately came to mind as the song “Forever King” was building to a crescendo. It was at this moment when Jimmy had always carried in the final banner… the JESUS banner. This year, however, someone else carried it. I became misty-eyed knowing that the beautiful banners were mere rubbish compared to the magnificence Joan and Jimmy were experiencing at that very moment. They were in the very presence of their Forever King.

You are forever King,
you’re everything my heart has need to know.
My first, my last, my future, my past,
the strength of all my hopes.
You’re the Rock of my salvation.
Eternal God and Savior.
Forever King.
You are my everything.
You are Forever, and ever, and ever… FOREVER KING!!!!!!!!

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”
1 Cor. 2:9

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