Bruce McIver

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


Just after Christmas, I was privileged to speak at a memorial service—celebrating the life of my dear friend, Bruce McIver. What a service!

Amid outbreaks of laughter, Bruce's wife recalled his early polio, constant pain, and his 30-year battle with a bad heart. That's right. The standing-room-only crowd was laughing. You see, Bruce didn't build his life on self-pity; he built it on God's goodness. So he had lots of reasons for joy—and laughter to spare.

Are you fun to work with? Do you spread good cheer every day?

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. God tells us to number our days, and a friend's death helps us do that. The sum of Bruce McIver's life, the difference he made, and the joy that remains all remind me again—of the high calling of our daily work.

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."

(Rev. 14:13)