Posted by: Diane | April 11, 2014

Mickey Rooney

A friend forwarded this post from David Mainse’s daily blog.

I appreciated the candor and simplicity of the story.

 

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

The famous actor, Mickey Rooney, died at 93 this week. I want to watch some old movies of Mickey from the late 1930′s and 1940′s because I think he’ll look like that now in Heaven, and I want to recognize him when, by God’s grace, I join him. The last time I saw Mickey was here in Lakeland, Florida. He was in his late 80′s then. He was singing, playing the piano, and even dancing a two step. I purchased a memento picture album, and Norma-Jean and I got in the lineup for his signature. Just before he signed, he looked up and peered intently at me through eyes which were failing, and said, “Is that you, David?” We had a happy reunion. Back in the late 70′s Mickey was performing live on stage at a Toronto theatre. In the wee hours of the night he could not sleep. He turned on TV, watched a 100 Huntley Street repeat show, called in to our prayer line, and one of our prayer partners led him to Christ. I found out the next day when he was being interviewed on a live talk show, and he told this story. He said…

“There was this guy, Mainse, brains, or something, talking about Jesus. His guest was an Indian Chief (Bruce Thum), who held up his five fingers on his right hand and explained the word grace with an acrostic. The Chief said,(here Mickey held up his right hand with his thumb and 4 fingers extended)‘GRACE means God’s Riches AChrist’s Expense!’ I prayed the prayer, and I know God has given me His grace.”

That afternoon I found out where Mickey was staying and called him, asking if I could come to see him. He joyfully welcomed me and we became friends. Every time he was anywhere near Toronto, we would get together for prayer and a great visit. Mickey had been married and divorced at least seven times when I met him. His first 40 years in showbiz were the hardest. The last 30-35 years of his life were difficult at times, but God continued to give Mickey G-R-A-C-E !!! I’ll see you soon my friend!

Yours as a participant in God’s wonderful, marvellous, matchless GRACE,

David

 

Micky Rooney


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