Letter to the Editor: Auldy is now on his final deployment


Auldy Cline passed from this life recently and I do miss him.

I knew Auldy for quite a long time and he was known and respected for helping veterans. Over the years we talked often about the Bible, Jesus and salvation; and I know Auldy was not only a friend, but a brother in Christ!

We had some quality time recently: numerous conversations, trips to doctors and the Veteran Affairs hospital, etc.  In looking back, it seems he wanted to give witness to his love for his Lord and savior, for in response to someone raising the possibility of losing one’s salvation, he replied; “Oh no, when Jesus saves you, it is forever!” And, “Jesus doesn’t do things half way!”

Auldy liked the “old” songs – hymn book – and he would bring an old one to the restaurant and I would join with him in singing – loudly- praises to Jesus. Also, since both of us had been in Korea, I would start singing a song I learned there and he would chime in and carry on in Japanese. I would just love it and enjoy it so much.

I guess the reason I’m writing is to speak for Auldy,  a final word, if you will. Auldy would have been familiar with two words: orders and deployment. So I think it would be correct to say his last orders have come down for a final, never-ending deployment.

In that regard,  I direct attention to one particular “old” song as a final witness and testimony: “What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see.”

Yes, Auldy is now on his final deployment, and what a glorious one it is, where he can now look upon his master’s face: home!

Yes, taps for Auldy. All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Friend, good night.  I’ll see you in the morning.

II Cor. 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Rev. J.L. Shifflett, Front Royal