Dad has passed on to glory.
We have seen our community reach out and love up on us.
My mom was so surprised at all the people that our lives have touched. All the people that came out...from my brothers church, from my parent's previous and current churches, from the community around mom, the staff from the nursing home, friends from my homeschool group and church, from my sister's church and it totally blew her away. And that is good you know. She felt loved.
My mom will talk to and befriend most anyone and it showed.
The service for Dad yesterday went quite nicely. There was much family participation in the service. Pastor Ralph preached an appropriate sermon reminding people of just how important God is and how he calls us to be HIS people and in that calling changes us to be his family.
Oh I almost forgot. A friend of my parents writes poems. And she has this poem that she wrote for my mom upon my father's passing away. It's entitle The Warrior.
GOD, IN HIS GRACIOUS TIMING WILL SET YOUR HEART AT PEACE,
HIS GENTLE, LOVING PRESENCE WILL CAUSE YOUR TEARS TO CEASE.
SURELY, THERE'S GRIEF IN PARTING, THERE'S LONELINESS AND FEAR;
BUT IN THE MIDST OF SORROW HIS COMFORT IS STILL NEAR.
YOUR LOVED ONE HAS DEPARTED, PROMOTION WAS HIS DUE;
AND THOUGH LIFE NOW SEEMS EMPTY, GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU.
THE ANGELS ARE REJOICING! BILL'S JOURNEY IS COMPLETE;
WHILE EARTH HAS LOST A WARRIOR ,HE'LL TREAD THE GOLDEN STREET.
BILL WAS A VALIANT SOLDIER HIS TRUST HELD FIRM AND STRONG;
AND THOUGH HE'S NOW PROMOTED HIS FAITH SHALL LINGER ON,
IN HEARTS THAT KNEW AND LOVED HIM THESE MEMORIES HOLD HIM DEAR;
HIS PRESENCE MAY BE ABSENT BUT HIS SPIRIT LINGERS NEAR.
lovingly dedicated to Wilma in memory of her beloved Bill .
by Greta Zwaan January 24th, 2015
Wasn't that a lovely gift of Love to my mom?