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Go Rest High On That Mountain

My dear friend, Pastor Jim Sailors, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Although the churches he pastored were not my "home" church, Jim was "my" pastor. He was a pastor for 31 years and was pastor at Resaca First Assembly of God at the time of his death. Our loss is truly Heaven's gain.

Pastor Jim was a veteran of the United States Army, and served in Vietnam handling German Shepherds that were specially trained for the military. He still had a very soft spot in his heart for German Shepherds and I know that he loved mine.

Jim had worked full time as a custodian at The Bank of LaFayette, for 18 years. Not too long before his death he was asked to make a trip to Atlanta and lead the Georgia Assembly in opening prayer before their session began. Jim could always get to the heart of the matter when he was praying and he did so that day. One senior senator came up to him afterwards and thanked him for such a beautiful prayer and asked about his position at the bank. Surely he was a vice-president or an office of the bank? Jim simply replied, "No, just the janitor". That was Jim. Always humble, always the servant.

But mostly Jim was one of the kindest, most decent people I've ever known. The picture below tells you all you need to know. What you saw was what you got.

I will miss him terribly...

Go rest high on that mountain
‘Cause, Son, your work on earth is done
Go to Heaven a shoutin’
Love for the Father and the Son
- Vince Gill

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