Our hearts are hurting

Late last Monday night, I received a call from Marla Ogletree’s phone. Marla works for the Herald and for Gardner Newspapers, Inc. I immediately knew something was wrong for Marla to be calling at such a late hour. On the other end of the phone was Marla’s mother, Darlene, and she delivered shocking news to me regarding Mason Ogletree, Marla’s husband.

Mason had passed away unexpectedly Monday night. As I hung up the phone with Darlene, my heart ached for Marla and their precious children, Tait and Kaidence. Again, I was utterly shocked; Mason was so young. It was difficult to digest the news and my wife, Amy, and I began to pray for the family.

Mason and I had a few interactions over the years. It didn’t take long for me to realize that he was a very humble and gentle-spirited individual. He was the literal “give you the shirt off his back” kind of guy. Where there was a problem, he would try to fix it, and often times, without even being asked.

Pastor Tim Hall may have perfectly explained Mason’s character at Saturday’s memorial service. Rev. Hall stated that Mason was a meek individual. However, he added that meekness should not be confused with weakness. Hall stated that Mason had tremendous strength; he just understood how to control his strength. All of us could probably learn from Mason’s example.

I ask this community to pray for Marla, young Tait and Kaidence, and the entire family. I pray God will wrap His loving arms around this family and give them peace and strength in the coming days ahead.