Saturday, March 01, 2008

Goodbye, Dad.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
-Revelation 21:4

It was a nice turnout Saturday as we celebrated the life of my father-in law.

Even though it’s been a few years since my mother-in law retired from her accounting job, many of her former co-workers came to pay their respects. And many of Mom’s current colleagues (she works part-time at the Hudson Wal Mart) also attended Dad’s memorial service. So many of said colleagues stopped by that replacement workers needed to be called in from the New Richmond Wal Mart to fill in at the Hudson store.

Not only did my gal grace the service with her beautiful song, the church choir also sang many beautiful numbers. In fact, one choir member was recovering from foot surgery but she still wanted to join the rest of her musical cohorts who were singing in the church balcony. So this woman literally scooted up the stairs on her rear-end in order to participate in paying tribute to Dad. I mean, I knew my father-in law was very well liked. But the dedication that was given to his memorial service made me realize that he was borderline revered by some.

So we rejoice as Dad has gone home. While we will miss the times of fellowship with Dad, we know God has prepared a place for him. And we also know that it’s nicer than any room in a nursing care facility.