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Every-day Prayer

I’ve been thinking about yesterday’s memorial service for the late William S. “Bill” Murray in Mount Prospect, IL. Bill, a retired high-school music teacher known for his keen sense of humor and strong faith, passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

I got to know Bill and his wife, June, through MAI co-founder Bob Reekie, whose close friendship with Bill spanned five decades. After Bob retired, the Murrays continued their friendship and faithful support of MAI training ministry.  (Bill is pictured at right at MAI's 25th anniversary celebration last year.)

A couple of times they even came by the office bearing a mountain of delectable European-style pastries to share with the staff at coffee break. We enjoyed much laughter and conversation around the table, and also the Murrays’ genuine interest in how things were going at MAI.

When I expressed my sympathies to June at yesterday’s memorial service, she immediately said, “Bill prayed for you and MAI every day.”

I knew Bill cared about MAI ministry, but hadn’t realized he prayed for us every day. What a privilege to be prayed for every day.

I recalled a former pastor’s worried comment after a particular long-time member went to be with the Lord. “He was one of our biggest prayer warriors,” the pastor said, implying the man’s daily intercessory prayer would not be easily replaced.

Bill, we will dearly miss you as a friend, and we will also miss your prayers. Only God knows the impact of your prayers upon MAI ministry to equip and encourage Christian publishers and writers around the world. May the Lord raise up others in your stead.

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