Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dad's Gone Home

I received a call a short time ago from my daughter that her grandfather has gone home to be with the Lord. The chorus from an old Gaither song kept going through my mind:

It is finished, the battle is over
It is finished, there'll be no more war
It is finished, the end of the conflict
It is finished and Jesus is Lord


It seems very fitting that today, Veterans Day, should be the time of his homecoming as a World War II veteran.

Thank God for the hope we have in Christ. As Paul wrote, "If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied" (1 Cor 15:19). It is good to know that he is in God's loving care and has no more pain or sorrow. Thanks be to God for this amazing gift.

8 comments:

Pastor Eric said...

Amen! Thanks be to God! Prayers go out for your family and praises go up to God.

Ivy said...

Thank you, Pr. Eric. God is faithful. We're just grateful we had the opportunity to be home to say good-bye. Peace.

Mark Daniels said...

I just caught this, Ivy. May God bless your family with the peace and encouragement that belongs to the families of all who die and rise in Jesus Christ!

Ivy said...

Thank you Mark. Blessings.

steve martin said...

Ivy,

May the Lord comfort you in your loss, and encourage you and strengthen you in faith.

I pray that your Dad is having the greatest time right now at the wedding feast, and holding a few seats open for us.

I'd like to meet him some day. When we are all "up" there, you can introduce me to him. And while you're at, it introduce me to you as well!

Ivy said...

Will do. By the way, Steve, he is my former father-in-law, but I always felt closer to him than my own father.

steve martin said...

Ivy,

Any man that was like a father to you ought to be called 'Dad'.

I'm very sorry for your loss.

Ivy said...

Thanks, Steve. Saint and sinner as we all are, he was a good man and we miss him, but rejoice that he is not in the pain that he once was.