Monday, February 9, 2009

Enter into the Joy of Your Lord, Mr. Kiester

Today the church militant lost a faithful officer. William Kiester, a ruling elder at Calvary OPC in Harrisville, PA has passed into glory and entered into the joy of his Lord. This steadfast pilgrim has crossed the river into the celestial city.

Mr. Kiester was a ruling elder for more than fifty years, during which time he served as stated clerk of the Presbytery of Ohio, and as a devoted presbyter, even served as commissioner to General Assembly on several occasions.

Although many have probably never met him or even heard of him, the history of the church is comprised of such unsung soldiers of the cause of Christ.

I personally never had the privilege of meeting Mr. Kiester, but I have benefited from his ardent service to my Lord and to his bride.

The church militant may have lost one of her loyal and unwavering servants, but the church triumphant has gained a new participant in that heavenly worship that is alone experienced by angels and departed saints, and he is now part of that great cloud of witnesses who has received his prize.

From Pilgrim's Progress,

Then I saw in my dream, that the shining men bid them call at the gate: the which when they did, some from above looked over the gate, to wit, Enoch, Moses, and Elijah, etc., to whom it was said, These pilgrims are come from the City of Destruction, for the love that they bear to the King of this place; and then the pilgrims gave in unto them each man his certificate, which they had received in the beginning: those therefore were carried in unto the King, who, when he had read them, said, Where are the men? To whom it was answered, They are standing without the gate. The King then commanded to open the gate, “That the righteous nation (said he) that keepeth the truth may enter in.”

Now I saw in my dream, that these two men went in at the gate; and lo, as they entered, they were transfigured; and they had raiment put on that shone like gold. There were also that met them with harps and crowns, and gave them to them; the harps to praise withal, and the crowns in token of honor. Then I heard in my dream, that all the bells in the city rang again for joy, and that it was said unto them,

“enter ye into the joy of your lord.”

I also heard the men themselves, that they sang with a loud voice, saying,

“blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the lamb, for ever and ever.”

Now, just as the gates were opened to let in the men, I looked in after them, and behold the city shone like the sun; the streets also were paved with gold; and in them walked many men, with crowns on their heads, palms in their hands, and golden harps, to sing praises withal.

Mr. Kiester, thank you, and I can't wait to meet you and worship together in glory.


  1. Thanks for posting this; I found it to be an encouraging reminder of God's blessing in the face of a difficult time.

  2. Thank you! It is truely a comfort knowing Granddad is in glory!