I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home by loving parents. My mother and father were Baptists all their lives. My father was a deacon at Park Cities Baptist Church at the time of his death in 1986. My mother died in 1957 after a series of illnesses. She survived breast cancer to die of stomach cancer at the age of 53.
I wandered from active church life and religion during school and while I was in the Air Force. I became active again during my training in Dallas at Parkland Hospital. I joined the church of my wife, Oak Cliff Christian. I attended the Christian church until it became apparent that I was becoming more conservative and this church (Disciples of Christ) was becoming more liberal. I sought a church that met my spiritual needs and found Trinity Fellowship on Greenville Avenue in Richardson.
I moved to El Paso in 1994 and worshipped at Coronado Baptist Church. When I returned to Dallas in 1997 I returned to Trinity Fellowship.
I have been blessed to participate in several small groups. I helped start a small group at Trinity and the Gray Panthers are still meeting every Thursday night since 1985.
I organized a group of physicians that met every Monday morning for a number of years between 1986 and when I moved to El Paso in 1994.
I participated in a small group in El Paso that forever changed my life. I was introduced to the benefits received from daily prayer and Bible study through a group called FAT (faithful, accountable and teachable). It was a group led by pastor Mike Woods. I had been an intermittent Bible student for 30 years, but never on a daily basis. I have been spiritually renewed several times during my life, and this was another episode that was wonderful. A group of guys met every other Saturday morning at 7:00 AM. I made some wonderful friends and relationships. I developed a new and fresh relationship with Jesus Christ yet again!
I am blessed to be able to begin each day by spending time in the Word and in personal prayer. It is the best part of my day!
I believe in Jesus Christ, the Messiah, son of the living God as my personal savior. I am grateful to be chosen by God to receive salvation through Christ's finished work on the cross.
By permission from William Fay
Not Only Christmas Day
Lord, this is my prayer
Not only on Christmas Day
But until I see You face to face
May I live my life this way:
Just like the baby Jesus
I ever hope to be,
Resting in Your loving arms
Trusting in Your sovereignty.
And like the growing Christ child
In wisdom daily learning,
May I ever seek to know You
With my mind and spirit yearning.
Like the Son so faithful
Let me follow in Your light,
Meek and bold, humble and strong
Not afraid to face the night.
Nor cowardly to suffer
And stand for truth alone,
Knowing that Your kingdom
Awaits my going home.
Not afraid to sacrifice
Though great may be the cost,
Mindful how You rescued me
From broken-hearted loss.
Like my risen Savior
The babe, the child, the Son,
May my life forever speak
Of who You are and all You've done.
So while this world rejoices
And celebrates Your birth,
I treasure You, the greatest gift
Unequaled in Your worth.
I long to hear the same words
That welcomed home Your Son,
"Come, good and faithful servant,"
Your Master says, "Well done."
And may heaven welcome others
Who will join with me in praise
Because I lived for Jesus Christ
Not only Christmas Day
-- Mary Fairchild
Jane read this before the Trinity Fellowship Church congregation on Christmas eve, 2011.
She did a wonderful job!