I’ve been trying to work all day, preparing sessions for a conference on the Fatherhood of God. It’s been tough to keep my mind on my work, however, because this is a topic with which I was thrilled to the depths by a man of God who, several days ago, was suddenly taken from us and into the presence of his Lord, Jesus Christ.
The Revd. Dr. Michael J. Ovey was my principal at Oak Hill theological college, and even since I left college had continued to be a mentor and encourager and teacher and good friend.
As I’ll say below, Mike’s death is a huge loss to so many people. But I need to say at the start that this reflection on him cannot capture the depth of grief, and loss, that his precious family are suffering. His wife and children are hurting, and I could never let it be heard that what the rest of us feel is comparable to that. Theirs is the pain that needs most comfort, and prayer.