As many of you know, I have been away visiting my dad in his last days. Originally, I went out to Oregon to see him in the hospital. By the end of that week, the decision was made to place him in a hospice. He was in the hospice for about ten days. After that, it was the preparation for the memorial service.
Below is a photo of my dad with me on the left, my sister on the right and our half brothers. He will be missed by many, indeed.
My husband wrote an email to friends and family. Here is a small part of that email.
While we had a time of sad parting at Grandpa’s internment and then latter memorial, you might be wondering how it’s possible we can be so lighthearted after a memorial;
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
It’s like I explained to Rase when Grandpa died; Grandpa laid aside the dead part, his body, so he could grasp real life, Jesus. Our body is subject to the curse of sin and has to die, but for those who have placed their trust and obedience in Jesus, their bodies die, but their spirits are made more truly alive in a way we can’t understand now because in Jesus;
For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
What is truly sad are the partings we make that are eternal because people choose to remain in their sins as opposed to accepting the grace of God available in Jesus to grasp what is truly life. Jesus said;
I am the Way the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father but by Me.
Fortunately, we will see Grandpa sooner than we think.
We drove home Saturday and arrived here at 2:30am Sunday. Sunday, we celebrated Eric’s 17th Birthday by having a feast of egg rolls! Here is a tutorial on how to make these.
Today is catch up day with the checkbook, bills, and my forum. I hope to get back into the groove of things here.
Thanks for stopping by! Lord bless the rest of your day as you serve Him!