The best gifts come in small packages. Norman was small in stature but strong in spirit, serving his Lord. We loved his voice, both what he said and how he said it. Perhaps his most memorable words were the oft-quoted; “Unity in things essential, liberty in things non-essential and love in all things.”
Norman was a gracious, generous, gifted, good-hearted gentleman. I shall never forget his welcome, either into his home or to morning worship on the Lord’s Day. He had a winning smile, a warm handshake and a winsome manner. He was a great encourager, a sympathetic listener, a wise counsellor and an ever-appreciative friend.
I remember Norman as a Daniel-like figure – a man of prayer, an unashamed witness to his sovereign Lord and an interpreter of dreams and tongues. Although I never knew him as a young man, I’m sure he fitted the description of Daniel 1:4, “Strong, healthy and good-looking, well versed in every branch of learning, gifted with knowledge and good sense, and having the poise needed to serve in the royal palace.” Like Daniel, Norman was always inclusive of others 2:17 “He told his friends what had happened. He urged them to ask the God of heaven to show them His mercy.”
Fearless before the king, Daniel, like Norman, would say 2:28, “There is a God in heaven who reveals secrets.” As another said of Daniel, we say of Norman, “This man has a sharp mind and is filled with divine knowledge and understanding. He can interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems.” Also in 6:10 it is recorded, “He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.”
We will miss Norman’s passionate prayers and Spirit-empowered words. Dorothy, Marcus and his family will miss a humble husband and loving father. To you we extend our prayerful sympathy and remind you of the comfort of God and His Word.
“Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 12:3.
We have been sent part of a radio interview of Norman’s life story and conversion, recorded by Daithi Mac an Bichoaire, who got to know Norman well on one of the many Kosovo teams that were sent out from the Barn Fellowships.