Jim Woodroof was the preacher at the College Church in the 1970s.
I can still picture him sitting there on stage, with the other men, in tall wooden chairs. The chairs were like thrones, solidly-built with padded seats.
And when a man would walk up to the pulpit to lead the opening prayer, or maybe the prayer just before the sermon, Brother Woodruff would leave the comfort of his padded seat and take a knee on the stage. With his face in his hand, he would bow before the Lord.
Now I know I should have had my eyes closed during this time … but instead, I’d sit in the audience and watch him. And his action had a profound impact on me. The reverence. The respect for God. The idea that we were talking to Someone who was very important indeed. All of this was expressed to me … in that kneel.
Other kids were impressed as well. We’d sometimes imitate Brother Woodruff during prayers at school. Getting down on one knee. Placing our face in our hands. Paying homage to the King of Kings.