A Promise Kept

If you plan to be at Maury Hills this Sunday then stop reading. This story and video will be in there somewhere, it’s just too powerful not to share…

Robertson McQuilken was the president of Columbia Bible College and Seminary (now Columbia International University) from 1968 to 1990. He was a renown NT scholar, author and speaker. He was married to his wife, Muriel for 53 years. In the 1980s, during the middle of his tenure as president, Muriel’s health begin to decline and she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Over the course of the next few months and years things got progressively worse and her health deteriorated to the point that she couldn’t speak, reason, clothe herself, feed herself or bathe herself. So in 1990, Robertson stood before the student body and resigned his position as president in order to go home and care for his wife of then 40 years. I couldn’t find the entire speech, but here’s a clip…

Apparently Robertson McQuilkon wasn’t just a student of the Bible, he was a follower. The two most powerful statements to me were “I’m a man of my word” and “I don’t have to do this. I get to do this.”

2 thoughts on “A Promise Kept

  1. Wow! What an amazing testament to that man, woman, and their marriage. I think as a married person, I could think of nothing more loving, more secure-feeling, than knowing I had as my spouse somebody of that caliber and with that much love.I hate that I won’t be at Maury Hills for this one. My parents’ church is having their HomeComing this Sunday and I’ve already told them I’d be there. Definitely think I’ll need to get a copy though. 🙂

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