“I will miss him greatly. I’m so thankful in a world in which so many did not know their fathers or did not know their father’s love, that I was known by and loved by and named for a father I will so greatly miss. I will have an opportunity to bear public testimony at his funeral service, of his influence on my life and so many other lives.
“On the day before he died, Dad was doing what he loved most: teaching young people in Sunday school and being involved in the life of his church all day long. He died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage he experienced on Monday morning. I’m thankful that once having received the news I was able to get to him and to his bedside before he went to be with the Lord he so dearly loved and faithfully served.
“The past few days have been among the very hardest of my life, but there has been sweetness, too — especially the sweetness of my own family gathered about me and the sweetness of having so many people, young and old and in-between, tell me of my father’s influence in their lives. I’m so thankful for his influence in mine. Most of all, I’m so thankful for the legacy of Christian faith he left to me and to so many others.
“He dearly loved the Lord Jesus Christ. He loved teaching his word and he loved being with Christ’s people. He loved all people and had an incredible intuition about their needs and how they could be helped. He was a friend to all, but enjoyed most of all being a friend to those who were friendless.
“Richard Albert Mohler, Sr. — born 1936, died 2013. There is so much to cling to here, but to what would we cling to but the Christian faith and that hope that is our assurance. As the Psalmist said in Psalm 116:15, ‘Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.’ “