A Promise of Blessings on the Home of the God Fearing Man

 (Posted with permission from his family)

(For Garland Shook… My Friend, who is with Jesus)


Memories of Home Visitation - Garland’s Favorite Scripture.

Psalms 128:1-6 - Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. 4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord. 5 The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. 6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.

Psalms 125:1, 2 – They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.

Psalms 124:8 - Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Psalms 121:5-7 – The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

Psalms 91:1-4 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Psalms 91:15, 16  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Psalms 92:13 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.

Psalms 126:5, 6  They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

As I think of Garland… Just My Thoughts… in no particular order.

*He was very private – but took / and invited us in.

*He was very quiet – but spoke often of his family and his work as a corrections officer.

*He made it clear that he had integrity and that he never abused those under him.

*He was adamant about other officers under him following the right procedures.

*He believed right was right / wrong was wrong – and did not compromise on gray areas.

*He loved his wife, loved his job, loved his children, and smiled when he spoke about them.

*He could just cry when he thought of his grandchildren.

*He always spoke positively to me – showing me more honor than I deserved.

*He was an encourager. Praising every sermon / message that I gave and invited Jamie and I over often to feed us.

*He never bad mouthed a fellow member, never bad mouthed anyone including those that were criminals under him. *He stated that they were paying for their crimes and that he treated them as regular human beings. – I marveled realizing that some of them did horrific and terrible things.

*He never cried wolf or pitiful me… He never asked for sympathy. He always smiled at me at first glance, the way I smile at my daughter when I see her.

*He gave me his time… his love… his cucumbers, stakes and ropes for my tomato plants…

*I would say to him, “Brother Garland, I’m praying for you and I want you to pray for me”. He would grab my hand and say, “I have prayed for you”. – And he meant it!

*He did not let on that he had cancer. He came to church when he was sick… came after treatments, came in bad weather, showed the strength of 5 men and had more courage than any man I’ve ever met.

*He had a God given intensity to persevere under the worse of circumstances and left such a high mark that his sons will have to really get their act together to even come close to the manner of man that he was.

*He was my friend. A prayer partner… A church member that I could count on. A true mans’ man who loved God, country, and family. He loved his preacher. His pastor… He loved me.

*He made me to love his sons. If they could measure half of what he was, they would be great friends to have.

I am honored… to know him the way I did.

I am honored to have been his pastor.

- And as sad as I am to see him go. I am happy for him because I know beyond all reason or doubt… that he is home. Waiting for the rest of his family.

**To those that take the time to read this, I sincerely pray, that you can bless others with your life the way that Garland Shook blessed mine. Wisdom is a gift that only God gives. It cannot be obtained by experience or in worldly education. God gave this gift of wisdom to Garland and having known him has made me a better man.

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