The Old Church

I walked through the old church – my mind flooded with so many memories. Babies baptized as proud family members promised to help raise the child to someday accept the faith. Young boys and girls, I had led through confirmation classes to shine a light on our faith. Hopeful young couples promising eternal love at the altar as God joined them as one. And helping comfort families as I guided them through the heartache of saying goodbye to their loved one until our reunion in eternity. So many lives that I was honored to be a part of in this wonderful old church.

Then I saw it. The piano that had lead God’s children in so many hymns that lifted our spirits, brought tears to our eyes, and covered us in His love time and again. I closed my eyes and could almost hear its music just before the choir began to blend their voices in such beauty that you would lose your breath in the angelic chorus. I could see the faithful coming to pray at the altar as “Just As I Am” softly filled the air. Now, here it sits – broken, dusty, and silent – as if each confessed sin that was laid before God and forgiven had now infected the piano as the demons entered the herd of pigs and were destroyed.

I walked over and placed my hand on the frail instrument of salvation and bowed my head. “Thank you, Father, for this life of grace and this piano” as a tear ran down my cheek – knowing the sweet music of the old piano was never to be heard again.

Len Bernat
Len Bernat
LEN is a leader groomed by 20 years of molding and shaping by some of the finest leaders in the United States Marine Corps. Their guidance helped Len realize his full potential as he moved from an enlisted Marine to becoming an Officer of Marines. Len became known for being the leader who could turn any lackluster organization into a strong, functional unit. Upon his retirement, Len worked in several positions before finally starting a second career in governmental procurement. His experience and leadership skills enabled him to be recognized as the 2011 Governmental Procurement Officer of the Year for the Governmental Procurement Association of Georgia and opened doors for him to teach at many of the association’s conferences. Len was also called to the ministry and was ordained at Ashford Memorial Methodist Church in November of 1999. Today, Len is the Pastor of Maxeys Christian Church in Maxeys, Georgia. Len has been married to his wife, Hazel, for 36 years and they have three daughters, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Grab your copy of Len's new Book – Leadership Matters | Advice From A Career USMC Officer. Using his life experiences as examples, Len takes the eleven principles of leadership and the fourteen traits every leader should possess—which he learned during twenty years in the Marine Corps—and teaches the reader how he was molded and shaped by some of the best leaders the Corps had to offer.