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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Wayne Gill

Wayne Gill was stationed at the Naval Reserve Training Facility in
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the mid 1960s. Every day, he would go eat at
Payton's Drug Store. That's where he met a pretty young lady from the small
town of Kennedy, Alabama, named Margaret Crowley. After a courtship, they
married in 1968.

The Navy took them to California for a few years and then on to Washington,
D.C. When Wayne retired from the Navy, the couple moved to Mobile, Alabama.

At age 39, Margaret began to have trouble with her vision. She ended up
losing vision in her left eye. Due to some issues with her optic nerves,
the vision in her right eye was also impaired. But thanks to the good care
of a physician and God's blessing, she was able to retain some of the vision
in her right eye for many years.

Wayne and Margaret weathered the storm of her poor eyesight. Wayne
dedicated himself to caring for his wife. Other struggles with health would
come into their lives, but they leaned upon one another and upon their faith
in God.

One of their regular activities was watching and listening to the Getting to
Know Your Bible television program. They heard Billy Lambert preach many
lessons from God's Word through the years. They learned more and more about
the Word of God and the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ. In obedience to
the Gospel, they were baptized into Christ and were added to God's family,
the church, and began worshipping with the Creekwood congregation.

Wayne and Margaret were active members of the church as long as their health
permitted. Margaret's health declined to the point that she had to remain
home, but her loving husband stayed by her side to care for her. He was by
her side when Margaret passed from this life on March 12, 2020, after 52
years of marriage.

Although Margaret was legally blind, she had keen insight. I remember
visiting with her on one occasion when she said something that I want to
always remember. I asked her to repeat the statement so that I could write
it down. She repeated the statement that she had heard and had helped shape
her perspective: "It's not what the world is coming to, it's what - or Who -
is coming to the world."

She noted that so many ask in frustration, "What is this world coming to?"
But, she said, we should be looking forward to Who is coming to the world.
She was referring to the Second Coming of Jesus, when He comes to judge the
world and to take God's children home to an eternal, heavenly home. It was
to His coming and that eternal home that Margaret placed her hope. Please
read Titus 2:11-14 for a divine expression of that blessed hope.

The Good News is that God will save from sin and give eternal life to those
who place their faith and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from their
sin in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans
10:9-10), and are baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of
sins (Acts 2:38). He will continue to cleanse from sin those who continue
to walk in the light of His Word (1 John 1:7-9).

And no matter how difficult life may get in this world, God has given us
hope for something better. This blessed hope will be realized when Jesus
returns to take God's children home. Margaret Gill knew that truth. You
can have that same hope, if you'll accept God's offer on His terms.

-- David A. Sargent

* In loving memory of Margaret Gill, 1942-2020. Until we meet again.

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