People often ask me, “Are you related to THE Lloyd-Jones?” To which, of course, I respond … “But I AM the Lloyd-Jones.”
What they’re really asking, though, is: “Are you related to THE Doctor David Martyn Lloyd-Jones?”
Dr David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) is the rock star of theologians, writers, thinkers, a children’s book writer like me. And I wish I could say I’d met him. Or heard him preach. Or even had him as my great Uncle. Sometimes I even wish (inappropriately) I could tell lies: “Ah yes! He used to dandle me on his knee of an evening. How well I remember him singing Welsh hymns to me!”
Anything to not have to say what I actually end up saying which is: “No.” Which I always follow with “sorry.” I feel it is such a let down for people. I’m rather let down by the whole thing myself.
In fact, wait. Look! Isn’t that me sitting there with him? Yes! See me? Leaning my head against his shoulder? Right there?
No. Actually. Sorry.
It could EASILY have been.
But no. It’s not.
Half of me is from that very same passionate Celtic corner of the world (Wales)! But it doesn’t quite do, since I’ve never lived there and only know maybe three Welsh words (“Hello”, “Goodnight,” and “Darling” which handily are probably the most important ones.)
But I’m pleased when people ask me if I’m related—because it means I’ve found another fan of Dr DML-J’s teaching and sermons and books—and (if they’re not too disappointed) probably a new friend, too.
If you haven’t heard of him, then I’m happy to introduce you… Meet THE Doctor David Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
In fact, I snuck him into my book “Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing”. One of the things I loved best about writing this book was that I got to share some of my MOST favorite writers and thinkers.
Here’s one entry (inspired by the good Doctor’s great book, “Spiritual Depression”.)