About Those Who Sleep…

Dad & Mom a Few Years Ago

Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14)

My mother called just a little while ago. My dad was taken to the ER yesterday. This is the end. He cannot rebound yet one more time. He is calmly sleeping now while the destroyer within his body does it’s work. Drugs will offer mercy to him until he passes from this life. He is asleep, never to awaken.

I feel like I will write more about this as time goes by … for now I would like for you to say a prayer for my family. This is our second time to be visited by death this year. The first was sudden and fierce, this time was slow and dreadful. Always there is a sting…a temporary victory … a strand of hope.

Harold has been my stepdad for over two decades. He has loved and been good to my brother and I. He has been a good husband to my mother. I love him. His daughters are hurting… they are precious.

On another note, I’ve been having flashes of Halloween with John Robert. Of course it’s been a long time since he was a little tyke. I can remember going door to door … and also to see various church members at their homes. Like all kids, he loved Halloween. Last week was his birthday. I don’t know if I mentioned it or not…but the Jackson County Fair always happened during his birthday. So he almost always got money for tickets to the rides, which he loved. He enjoyed the fair – especially the last few years. But when he was a little kid we let him ride this little dragon roller coaster thing. It was made for kids, but he didn’t think so. I think he only rode it once. I wish I had a picture of his face. Terror! This was a time of year that John Robert enjoyed.

Last time I was at my mom and dad’s, my dad cried at the table because he missed John Robert so much. So do we. I’m sorry my dad had to endure the loss of his grandson before he left this earth. But I have hopes that he will see John Robert soon…before I do if everything follows its natural course. He told me that he hopes that John Robert and he can go fishing together in heaven. I hope so too.

I appreciate your prayers.

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