September 3, 2015

Dean Jones
January 25, 1931 – September 1, 2015

Dean Jones

The last time I saw Dean Jones, which was many years ago, he phoned and asked me to meet with him at the Disney Studio—as soon as possible. There was a tone of urgency in his voice.

Within the hour I arrived at the Walt Disney Studio and went to the sound stage where Dean was doing a scene for the latest Herbie picture. Within minutes the cast and crew broke for lunch. Dean ushered me outside to his dressing room—a mobile trailer parked nearby.

We entered the trailer and Dean closed the door. He got right to the point. He and his wife Lory had a close friend who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and he had called on me to join him in praying for the man. But Dean had a troubled heart and tears swelled up in his eyes. He and his wife recently prayed for two other friends with cancer, and they soon died. Would this third friend die as well? Was there something not right about the way they were praying?

I pondered that for a moment, then answered that the Bible seemed to indicate that God is more interested in what’s in our hearts than in the words we speak.

With that, the two of us sat down, cross-legged on the floor, facing one another. We held hands and bowed our heads. I can’t remember my exact words, but I prayed out loud to God that it was the desire of Dean and myself that his friend might be healed. And for that we would surely rejoice! Yet, if it was His will to take Dean’s friend home, saddened as we would be, we also would rejoice.

And now, all of these years later, the day has come when I am saddened that my old friend Dean Jones is no longer with us. But I also rejoice in faith that he is peacefully resting in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.Comments? Questions? Click here to email me.In Christ,Frank Allnutt


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