Beloved writer, teacher in Christ, Rev. William Maurice Watson passes

Rev. William Watson

Longtime, beloved Nashville Pride writer, Rev. William Maurice Watson has passed away at the age of 78. Watson transitioned on July 13, 2020, and is survived by devoted wife, Blanche Watson; children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Watson began his journey of ministry in the form of a weekly editorial in the Pride 19 years ago and wrote faithfully for over 15 years until choosing Rev. Monte Watkins to take over his column.

“This ministry was touched by the love of Christ over 12 year ago with a weekly commentary in this newspaper,” said Watkins in 2013. “A seed was planted for me to teach the meaning of intercessory prayer, and what it means to be born again.”

“Rev. Watson was a dedicated writer who was always ready to share his faith and love of Jesus,” said Meekahl Davis, publisher of the Nashville Pride.  “My heart and condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.”

Visitation is Friday, July 17, from 11 am-1 pm at Highland Hills Funeral Home, 2422 Brick Church Pike, with entombment at 3 pm in Greenwood Main Cemetery, 1428 Elm Hill Pike.

Below, is one of the many columns written by Rev. Watson that the Nashville Pride had the honor to publish.

This human life is not all we have

by Rev. William Watson 

Because Jesus faced powerful temptations Himself, especially in the Garden of Gethsemane, we can relate to Him as our personal Lord and Savior. “For in that He Himself has suffered being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted,” Hebrew 2:18.

Some believe the Garden is where Jesus shows mankind His humanness, by which He can relate to our sufferings and sorrows. Jesus first displayed His humanness when He descended the ‘mount of transfiguration.’ He went up the mountain as the Son of God with three of His disciples, Peter, James and John. He descended the mountain not as the son of God, but as the son of man—turning His back on the glory of His omnipotence (all powerful God), omnipresence (ability to be everywhere at all times), omniscience (superior knowledge and wisdom) in order to identify Himself with fallen humanity.

From the transfiguration forward to Gethsemane, the cross, the resurrection, and His ascension, every member of the human race can enter into the life of God. As Christians we have eternal life in us now. This truth should give us great courage and patience to endure anything that we might experience. Near the end of His ministry, Jesus spoke of His authority as the son of man: “At that time men will see the son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory,” Mark 13:26. He will dispatch His angels to gather His elect—that is, all who have acknowledged Him as Lord and Savior.

He also said to the high priest and other members of the Sanhedrin: “You will see the son of man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming with the clouds of Heaven,” Mark 14:62. By this, He meant that the high priest would yet see Him openly manifested (revealed) as God. When Christ was here the first time, the glory of His deity was veiled in a human body, but when He comes again in power and great glory, the veil will be removed and everyone will know exactly who Christ is. When we don’t know the son of man, we make choices as though this human life is all we have.

My weekly prayer is for the reader of this commentary to become spiritually inspired of God.