Ray Ortlund Passes Away (1923-2007)

I just heard that Ray Ortlund passed away on Sunday night. He was 84 years old. God used Ray’s book, Lord, Make My Life a Miracle, to help disciple me as a young Christian. Here is an excerpt from a letter his family has posted at Renewal Ministries:

Dear Family and Friends of Ray and Anne:

It’s both our deep sorrow and great joy to share with you the news of the home-going of our father and hero, Ray Ortlund. Like Jacob, Dad went off to heaven early Sunday evening having first admonished, loved on, prayed for and given his final benediction over his children.

For Mother and us it’s an inestimable loss—already we miss him beyond words. But for Dad it’s “Glory!” and finally—after a lifetime of daily service—the sheer joy of meeting our Lord Jesus face to face. Sublime …

P.S. Ray’s final words to us are a blessing for you, too:

“The Lord bless you and keep you.
  The Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
  The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
  … Amen and amen!” (quoting from Numbers 6.24-26)

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  1. Sharon Gamble says:

    I read Anne Ortlund’s book DISCIPLINES OF THE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN years ago when I was a new wife. It led to the formation of a small prayer group and literally changed my life and my focus. Oh how hard it is to read about the death of a spouse when there has been a very close and happy marriage…I am thankful the separations are temporary and that Heaven awaits! Thanks for passing on John Piper’s remarks about Ray Ortlund, too, Ray. He sounds like a wonderful pastor and he will obviously be missed by many. What a tribute to a life well-lived!

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