Chris was exhausted at 8:00PM. Hopefully he rests peacefully with his great friend Steve watching over him tonight. There were many visitors today, enough to cause a traffic jam in the parking lot that took 15 minutes to untangle! The people at “The Lodge” didn’t know what they were getting into when they let the likes of Chris Baty in that door! Who knew rush hours were from 12-2 and 6-8?
If you have heard or read Chris’ words in the past months you have probably been a witness to “peace that surpasses all understanding”. He has it! No doubt about it! My brother has been an inspiration to me and every other soul that walks in room #3 of “The Lodge”.. It’s amazing to see 13 people stuffed into that bedroom (well to be truthful some spilled into the hallway) to cherish every word that proceeded from Chris’ lips.
I happened to pray the following verse over Chris last night and I thought it suited him well:
Phillipians 3: 12-14
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Today however I was trumped by two wonderful people that separately posted the same scripture on the blog. Here it is:
2 Timothy 4: 6-8
6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
Those verses I say fit him perfectly! The crown of righteousness, sounds like a good title.
Tonight I prayed that Chris would have another day, tomorrow I will pray the same, and again…
Thanks for checking the Blog! On Monday there were Two Thousand Thirty Six hits on this blog!! Now I know some of you probably checked five times but seriously that is a lot of hits. Maybe tomorrow more people will hear about how Chris is living and share it with others. Only time will tell how far the ripples, waves, tides reach!
Tonight I pray that you will have Chris’ Peace as well,
Visitation Hours remain the same 12-2 and 6-8 at room#3 at “The Lodge” in Burnsville.