Henryk Thiel had a short life – only five months. He died in January.
Henryk’s dad has a good friend who loves him and who loves God. That friend, David Mathis, preached at Henryk’s funeral.
And God gave David a message you want to hear or read:
Henryk was weak, but we won’t mainly think of him as weak. He was small, but we won’t mainly think of him as small. Henryk was disabled, but we won’t mainly think about him as disabled. For those who have eyes to see, the main thing we’ll remember is the unexpected and surprising way the greatness of God was so clearly on display in Henryk’s life, and through his parents. It was not the greatness for which the world typically looks. It was a gospel greatness. It was the greatness of another world, one that’s not here yet, but is coming so quickly. It was the greatness of power in weakness (like 2 Corinthians 12:9). It was the greatness we sense when we catch a glimpse of divine strength in the very midst of human frailty.
So let me give you just a five reasons—one for each month of his life—for why I will remember Henryk Otto Thiel as “Henryk the Great.”
You can listen to the entire 19 minutes here: Funeral Service of Henryk Otto Thiel
Please, give yourself the gift of knowing God better through this God-centered honoring of Henryk’s extraordinary life and impact.