We miss him, yet we know he is far better above, and this is all a part of God's perfect plan.
"The very thought of a holy and all powerful God to Whom they had to give an account was something which they could not stomach. And when we say "man" or "they," we are surely saying you and I. We must repent of the folly and wickedness of denying God and rebelling against that light and resisting His will." - Keith M.
"You are not going to see yourself as you really are until you see God as He is.
You are not going to see how low you have fallen until you see how high God is." - Keith M.
As my sister, Annie, wrote:
"He [was] a husband, father of eight, preacher, homeschool parent (when he knew none personally), and more. I remember how he taught us faithfully and eagerly, the sacrifices he made for us, how we did things together like biking and talking as we rode along, how he listened to my concerns and offered advice, prayed with me, encouraged me, and gave books when he saw I had an interest in something, or he wanted to teach me something—usually the deepest lessons. I love him for all of these things. And miss him—five years ago last Saturday was his home-coming."
I add my hearty assent to that! He was not perfect, and would have readily agreed to that, but he was a parent who truly cared about us, and he loved the Lord above all.
|My dad and me, c. 1984|
|Dad, Mom, Grace, Matthew, and John|
|Dad holding Annie, Mom holding Mark...John, Grace, and Matthew|
|Dad at work in FL|