The Candy Man

Today is the birthday of one of my granddaughters and is also the birthday of one of the pillars of Harvest Community Church in Charlotte, NC.  Otis Barber passed away  in 2014, but today would be another birthday for this Man of God.  Otis was the father of the Pastor of Harvest Community who was there when to first shovel of dirt was raised twenty-years ago. He and his wife have been faithful and supportive of ‘their’ church for all those years.  When Harvest lost Otis, they lost a prayer-warrior and mighty “Man After GOD’s Own Heart”.  I knew Otis Barber and loved him like a brother. He and I were truly the ‘elders’ of Harvest, but he had me by a few months. Not only was Otis a powerhouse of prayer, he always had a pocket full of candy for our children. I am not sure that there is  a line of youngsters after service now, but those who were will long recall the sweet, sweet Spirit of Otis Barber, the Candy Man of Harvest. The world is a better place because of outstanding men like Otis Barber and his son ‘ain’t so bad’ either.  Otis Barber made GOD smile, everyday.  He walked the walk, donchaknow.  That’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates.  AMEN

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