Well we made it safely to New Orleans about 1:00 CST on Monday. Pictured at left is our home away from home, the new Henry Hall at Providence Guest House on the beautiful campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. We had a safe trip overnight and the weather was, and is perfect here. Linda and I had a great afternoon and evening with Jay, Michelle, Quint and Canon and a good night's rest. However, we were saddened to hear the news of the passing of our friend, Rick Rakes.
Rick and I graduated together from Huntington East High School in 1968, but only became close friends over the past 6 1/2 years. Rick was chairman of the pastor search committee that recommended me to the congregation of Westmoreland Baptist Church. He served as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and Church Treasurer during his years at Westmoreland. We have grown close as brothers over these past six years. Although I am saddened at Rick's home going, I am rejoicing that he is no longer suffering, and that for the first time in over 20 years the four Rakes siblings are together with no sickness. What a glad reunion that must have been at 10:02 last night when Rick joined Darrell, Connie, and Trudy in the presence of the Lord!
It will be my honor to officiate at his funeral service this week end.
Linda and I will be leaving for home on Wednesday (a couple of days earlier than planned). We are thankful for the time we have had to spend with our young'uns here in the Big Easy. The kids are a joy to be around.
The visits are too few and too far between.