Jack Hayford was a preacher. Just to hear him speak you’d think you were standing in the presence of a king. And when Jack would lead the hymns he wrote we’d stand with upraised hands and worship Christ the Savior as we’d sing.
Jack Hayford was an author. Truths he’d gleaned within The Book were planted first then watered on each page. Jack helped us see our kinship as the family of God regardless of our gender or our age.
Jack Hayford was the leader of the Foursquare Church at-large. To the church of Aimee Semple he brought cred. Jack helped show that Pentecostals weren’t just feelings focused folk. He was thoughtful in the things he wrote and read.
And Jack Hayford gave us Majesty. I love that worship song. In his lyrics he sees Christ upon the throne. As His subjects we give honor as we pay Him homage due for the glories of His grace He has made known.
I know your heart is broken. As the last words spoken between us echo in your mind, please know I’m not blind to your tears.
I can imagine your fears of facing the challenges of tomorrows without being able to pick up the phone and call me.
But as Jesus told his best friends the night before He died, “Don’t let your heart be troubled! Don’t be afraid.”
This One in whose presence I now find joy will never leave you or forsake you. He will comfort you as only He can. He will carry you when you are too weak to stand. He will fill your heart with memories we made. In the heat of death valley, He will be your shade.
Please know that the time and space between us
is only a temporary separation. The gulf of grief will be spanned by grace. It won’t be long until you see my face again. Remember, a family reunion awaits.
In the meantime, care for your mom. Lean into your sorrow. Embrace the ache. Speak my name. Look at my pictures. Forgive my mistakes. Honor my memory by the choices you make.
And each morning when you wake, thank the Lord He placed us in the same family. He graced us with the privilege of being father and daughter. Be grateful He gave us each other for the years that we shared on earth (and the time we will have in Heaven).
Never forget how much I love you and how proud I am to be your dad. See you soon!