Yesterday we had a funeral service for Alex Pearce. Alex was my friend, as I know he was a friend to most of you. When I met him, we quickly bonded over our mutual love for church history, a subject in which I was woefully outmatched by him. I learned so much from Alex, and I will miss him dearly. He used to attend our Wednesday evening chapel service before he was hospitalized, and each week when I would preach I was often nervous that I would say something wrong and get called out by Alex. He was brilliant, and yet it only took me a few weeks to realize that he was never going to do anything to embarrass me in that chapel service because he was also incredibly gracious and kind.
Alex loved the church and was one of the only people I know who truly loved and knew the church’s history. All throughout Scripture, especially in the Old Testament, God reminds people about their history and honors what has come before. When Moses asked God for God’s name, God said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” The prophets constantly reminded the Israelite people of what God did for their ancestors and how God has always been faithful.
I see God in so many people, and often in different ways. In Alex Pearce I saw the tradition of the prophets calling us to remember where we have come from, and reminding us that God has always been faithful. We worship the God of the universe who has always been and will always be. I am so thankful for people like Alex, who continue to remind us of our history and the fact that God has always been with us.
I already miss Alex, and I know that this feeling of grief will take a while to pass. So, in the mean time I will finish reading the book that he recommended for me to read the last time I spoke with him, and I will remember with fondness this man who inspired me and showed me the nature of God in such a refreshing and unique way. Alex truly lived as a child of God, manifesting God’s image in countless ways.
If you knew Alex, I hope you find the peace of Christ as a comfort in this time of grief and loss, and I hope that we all can strive to live with the type of faith and devotion that Alex did.
Have a wonderful week my friends!