Today my dear friend Twila is burying her daddy. He passed away last Friday. Yesterday I had the privilege and honor of putting together the PowerPoint slide show that the family will use at today’s service. After scanning all the photos and spending several hours cropping and sorting through the pictures, I almost felt like I knew her dad, even though I never met him.
The photographs showed a man who enjoyed life and his family. They showed a man whose smile was as wide as the farms fields he worked on up until his death.
Twila wrote this about her daddy in a facebook message:
“I wish so much that each and everyone of you could have had the opportunity to meet my daddy. As with each of us, he was my hero in all aspects of the word. He gave up so much and went above and beyond for my siblings and me. Now that he has passed, I have had so many others tell me what he did for them and others in the community it is unreal. He was a very giving and caring man. When his brother passed away in 1974, I saw him become the father to my two cousins. His sister, age 86, became house bound with alzheimers, he would bring her dinner and sit with her each Saturday night. When the young divorced lady across the road had a tree fall, he went and chopped it up without even being asked. She also made the comment of how many times he cut her grass. Then there are the free eggs and milk he would deliver to people on Sundays. The stories go on and on.
I have been so blessed to have him, healthy, in my life for almost 43 years. I will carry his laughter, his stories, his life lessons, his witty comments, hopefully his work ethic, his love for Christ, his love for people, and his giving nature with me the rest of my life and hopefully pass it on to my children.
Thank you again for thinking of us and praying for us. It means the world to me.”
The sunflowers were a “thank you” from Twila and I wanted to share them with you, and ask that you pray for her and her family today as they celebrate the life and passing of their loved one.
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Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.