Thank you for your prayers as I preached Alan Day’s funeral on Tuesday. God showed up! Below is an excerpt about Alan from Edmond’s First Baptist Church. You can learn more about his life and ministry, as well as watch the memorial service, by visiting www.fbcedmond.org.
Dr. Alan Day
July 6, 1948 – February 16, 2011
Dr. Alan Day is being remembered by thousands of people around the world. Their memories are expresesd in such descriptions as pastor, friend, teacher, counselor, leader, servant, encourager, preacher, theologian, and evangelist. All of this, and more, are true of our exceptional and faithful pastor.
How would he want us to remember him?
First, he was quick to establish that h was a child of God, a follower of Jesus. He seized every opportunity to talk about committing his life to Christ as a young boy. He lived every day with the assurance that he had been transformed by a faith relationship to Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Second, he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Almost as often as he spoke of his Lord, he spoke of his wife Alice and their great love relationship, his pride in their children and their spouses, and his love for his grandchildren. his family is large in the weighing of his legacy.
Dr. Day had a keen sense of being called a servant of his Lord. He paid the price to be a prepared servant. Everyone who really knew him recognized his scholarship. However, his great intellect was surpassed by his passion for preaching and his desire to see people become mature followers of Christ. His burden was to see our church used to make a vital difference in Edmond and around the world.
Our pastor was very human. He loved his dog. He loved to cheer for the LSU football team. He was proud of his south Louisiana roots and always required Tabasco sauce on his table. He lived his life to the fullest and last Wednesday he was doing something he thoroughly enjoyed: riding his motorcycle. Finally, as a former high school football player and frequent user of sports terminology, he would want to be remembered as a man who “did not leave anything on the field.”