Jean Baxe - Third Speaker at the Funeral Service of Albert Gallichan - Tuscaloosa, Alabama - October 6, 1993

Matthew 24:42-46, "Watch, therefore, for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come, but know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom the lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his lord when he cometh, shall find so doing." 25:21, "The Lord said unto him, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant: for thou hast been faithful over a few things. I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.'"

We would just like to say this morning that from France and Belgium, we appreciate very deeply your presence with us in accompanying the body of our brother to his rest. The friends and workers in France and Belgium have expressed their thankfulness and appreciation to you for your care of our brother and have asked us to express this to you.

We hardly know what to say, and I am concerned; I would certainly not wish to use words that belong to the Almighty God, but I think you understand that we have learned to know our brother very well. We have been through some experiences with him; we have seen some of the secret sides to his life, and perhaps it is reasonable to speak of him a little just to mention some of these things. We always wish to pay our respect to the deceased, but I think having been close to Albert, having lived and walked with him, having seen the way he thought, his attitude, having seen his consecration to the will of God as the very first priority in his existence, I think you will understand that has put a very, very deep respect in our hearts for him. Having seen someone live by high principles and having made as the first priority to be in humility, submitted to the will of God, that is the thing that will remain in our hearts. We hope that will be the guiding principles for those who remain. We feel that Albert's place will certainly never be filled, but we wish to do our best and to follow on and be an example.

Since we heard of his passing, these verses in Matthew have been on my mind, words of Jesus, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into thy rest, the joy of thy Lord." The first thing I desired to do was to express thankfulness to God for having brought rest to His servant, thankfulness and praise, appreciation for the goodness of God to His servant. "Watch, therefore, for you know not what hour your lord doth come." I believe we remember a man who spent his life carefully watching. It is important for us now as we look into our lives in the future that we remember that our life is also on the horizon, that we learn to watch. The enemy is so desirous to take our eyes off the things we should be watching, to take our attention away from the things that should be our first priority, to watch and to wait on our Lord, to live with the desire to be in the will of God and to serve. It would be so easy for us to little by little take our attention away from the principal thing, to just go along with the form of what we are doing, to get caught up in so many things, that it turns our attention away from the principal thing: drawing closer to Him and living in His fellowship. I'm glad to be reminded of the importance of being closer to the living God.

Jesus spoke of the faithful and wise servant whom the Lord found so doing. What would it mean to be a faithful and wise servant? I don't believe He was referring to someone who may have been better than the others in any human capacity. He was referring to someone conscious and attentive to what His Master had asked of him. That was the way He judged his wisdom. He did not tell him when he was going to come. He deliberately kept a secret the day of His coming. He came by surprise. This is how our Lord is going to come. He is not going to give us a week or a month; He is coming by surprise, just open the door and walk in. How is He going to find us? I would to God that when He comes, He would find us simply in our place and in our day doing our very best, spending our strength in seeking to fill our place honestly and sincerely.

This morning I had occasion to pick up the Bible of our brother. Albert was not a very sentimental kind of person. I found only one piece of paper in his Bible, a poem written in his own handwriting, something he likely had been looking at very recently, which I'll read in closing.

Herein Is Love

Herein is love, to take this strange thing sweet
That men call life, and for lover's sake to fling
It to that outer darkness men deem death,
To trample into dust the worm of self
To crowd its clam rings on the soul's back shelf,
'Nor let it dare uprise its head,
Deny its every call 'till it lies dead.

Herein is love, to daily sacrifice
The hope that closest to the bosom lies
To crush the tear it would be sweet to shed
And smile so that others have joy instead.
To mutely bear reproach and suffer wrong
Nor lift the voice to show where both belong
Herein is love, indeed, herein is love.

At the grave, Hymn 11 was sung by all present, "Jesus is still the Same," after which Irving Ross prayed. Everyone present at the funeral was invited to the convention grounds at Fosters for lunch.  About 75 were present there, including 26 workers.

Albert is buried in Tuscaloosa Memorial Gardens, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the Chaudoin family plot. It is the same cemetery where two other workers are buried, George Fyffe and Edwin Egabroad.