My good friend Luke Wagner and brother in the Lord has gone to be with his Savior! I met Luke many years ago and fellowshipped with him at my church for the last 20+ years. Luke was a wonderful Christian man! He knew Jesus personally and anyone meeting him could tell of his strong faith. He was humble, steadfast, faithful, always encouraging with a positive word to say.
Luke made his living as a stone mason and led a crew of volunteers to lay the mountain stone that surrounds our place of worship, North Annville Bible Church. I served with him on our Board of Elders many years ago and we elected him as our Chairman. He wasn’t cut out to be an organizer or project manager but would encourage us men in the Lord from his well-worn Bible at the beginning of each meeting and then pass the baton to our pastor who would lead the agenda.
Luke loved to sing! He was our Song Leader for many years. When I began leading in worship two decades ago after each service Luke would always have a kind word to say about the music no matter if it was about an old hymn we sang or new song he would cheer me on with his steadfast smile and encouragement. I remember taking my guitar to his home and having worship with he and his wife Lois as he was recuperating from an illness. I was there to be a blessing and instead received the blessing from him!
Despite being weak and frail at times he would still have Lois bring him to church but his outward man was perishing and so coming home with Lois from a doctor’s appointment the other day, right there in the passenger seat of their car he fell asleep and went to be with the Lord on the Highway to Heaven! What a way to go!
I will miss him dearly. I have the wonderful blessing of leading the assembled family and friends later this week at his memorial service and we’ll be singing three songs he chose for his homegoing: “Victory In Jesus”, “Blessed Assurance” & “Beyond the Sunset”. It will be a rich time of honoring and remembering a life well lived for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Luke is with the Lord! Victory in Jesus!
Do you know Jesus? Where would you go if you died today? You can know for sure!