Saturday, February 21, 2009

Pastor Ralph Loved a Lot

News is circulating now and people are just finding out what God already knew, that Pastor Ralph Arthur passed away this morning.

I've always viewed Pastor Ralph as the 'Church doctor.' He would always minister to us, the body, using scripture and love. Joy always emanated from within him and he never kept that joy to himself, he always gave selflessly.

Less than a year ago a tragedy struck our family. A close family friend had been admitted to the hospital suddenly; she was my mom's friend, my friend's mom (mine too) and my sister's friend's mom. She was a 2nd mom to me and the family requested that I try to get a Pastor from Harvest to come out immediately since she was in urgent care. At Day7 I tried to ask Pastor Steve if he could come, but he had a line a mile long. So I went to find another Pastor who could find someone who was available to visit the troubled family. Then I ran into Pastor Ralph coming up from the stage.

I asked him if he could have someone on staff come out the next day and meet with the family and minister to us. Pastor Ralph mentioned that he would try to get someone to come and mentioned he wouldn't be able to come because he had plans and was very busy that day. He asked me to email him the hospital/family info and I thanked him. He prayed for me and I left.

The next day at the hospital, the Pastor arrived. That Pastor was Ralph. He came anyways! I'm not sure what he did, but he came all the way to Upland to minister to the family and to me. It was such a blessing. I always thanked him and the Lord for coming to our aid when we needed it, at his own expense.

I know that many of you have stories of how Pastor Ralph was a blessing to you. I'd personally like to hear them, whether its a comment in this blog, your own blog or in person. Pastor Ralph lived so self-lessly and I can only Praise and Thank the Lord for his life and legacy.

3 comments:

RJ McCauley said...

David,

He was the "Barnabas" of all the pastors. No one had such a radiant smile and presences of Christ in Him that the one and only Pastor Ralph. I have many stories, but my favorite is the most recent when he got to pray over Melissa and I when she was going to have her surgery to remove the tumor. He spent some time encouraging us with hope in Christ.

I was really looking forward to sitting down with him next month for pre-martial counseling, but i will not be meeting him which is a bummer. Day7 will definitely be different without him there. He did so much for so many people.

Hope to see you soon man. God bless davy.

Aaron said...

Some of my most favorite memories of Paster Ralph are from his old bible study back in the day (Before he became a paster), especially when he would lead worship with his guitar. Can't wait to see him again.

anancybrown said...

I didn't really know him personally.
That day in the hospital, I was meeting him for the first time. It was such a blessing to see him there, he encouraged me, and reminded me that God was taking care of us, and that no matter what would happen, I could trust in God to get me through it. His words to me brought so much encouragement. I will never forget his caring smile.

Oh, and I never thanked you for making the effort to get a pastor to that hospital. Thanks, that really meant a lot to me. I was quite overwhelmed.

--Andrea