Sometimes A Picture Is Not Worth A Thousand Words. Sometimes You Are Left Speechless


I have known Jay McAnnally for approximately 15 years.  He was my Men’s Pastor for a period of time when I attended NorthStar Church in Kennesaw, GA.  He is a good man, a Godly man, and a wonderful husband and father.  When I was a brash, angry, young husband and father trying to find my way, Jay showed me unconditional love and modeled what a Christ-centered grown man looks like.

I saw the above picture of Jay with an open Bible by his father’s bedside this morning on Facebook.  My heart just breaks looking at it.  I’m emotional just typing these words out as I lost my dad earlier this year.  I heard Jay speak of his father often.  He, too, was a Godly man who raised an incredible son.  Because of what Jesus did on the cross, they will see each again in Heaven.  

The picture above leaves me speechless.  I truly don’t know what to say.  All I know is at the end of my life, if my daughter will be by my bedside reading scripture, then I’ll know I lived a life worth living. 

My prayers go out to Jay this morning.  During your individual prayer times today, if you would remember Jay and his family, I know he would appreciate it. 

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5 Responses to “Sometimes A Picture Is Not Worth A Thousand Words. Sometimes You Are Left Speechless”

  1. Dan O' Donnell on 06/12/2012 #

    I am overcome by the picture also. I lost my mother on January 31, 2012. This man is a blessed man. Thanks for the thought and the picture. It impresses me that we need to pass the faith along by our care of those who need it. Thanks!

    • briandodd on 06/12/2012 #

      Pastor Dan,

      Thank you for your comments. I am so sorry you lost your mother. I know this is going to be a tough Christmas for you. Please know that I will be praying for you and your family during this time.


  2. Joseph Lalonde on 06/12/2012 #

    That is a moving picture Brian. Looks like Jay’s dad raised him right.

    We’ve had a few close calls with my dad in recent years and I often wonder how I would react if I knew he was that close to death.

    I’ll raise Jay and the family up in prayers as they’re going through this tough time.

    • briandodd on 06/12/2012 #


      Thank you. Jay’s dad did raise him right. I will be praying for your dad. Have a great evening my friend.


  3. Jay on 03/03/2013 #

    Wow. Brian. I just saw this. Thank you…your words are too kind. Dad will be 90 in a few weeks and is now in hospice at a nursing home. This week, while dad is still aware, Laura and I are planning to have The Lords Supper w him at his bedside.

    In the picture above I hope I was reading some scripture… I was also reading a backpacker magazine that day as i recall. Dad and i now recite the 23rd Psalm every time we visit.

    God bless you Brian!

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