Prentice also reminded me so much of my own "Pappaw". Pappaw was, like Prentice, the kind of man that could reach in and capture your heart. Growing up I can remember attending Bible classes Pappaw taught, hearing him lead singing, and even seeing him sit in his chair with his Bible in his lap going over notes and scripture with someone in the family. Prentice and my Pappaw were so similar in their speaking style and personality.
My Pappaw passed away my sophomore year at ACU and even though it's been 5 years I still miss him so much. I sit here right now watching Prentice's funeral via the Internet with my heart aching for his family knowing the loss they are feeling right now.
His son just read an excerpt from a letter Prentice wrote to his grandson for his 13th birthday. These are the words that Prentice said to his son, that are also the same words my Pappaw has written on my heart:
- Devote your life daily to Jesus Christ.
- Next to Jesus devote yourself to your family.
- Guard your heart.
- Read the Bible everyday.
- Pray, pray, and then pray more.
- Be loyal, laugh and enjoy life.
- Keep your word.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place I am going." -Jesus, John 14:1-4