10Q10Q -- faith, life, rethinking church, following Jesus...stuff
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
In Memorium...Man & Mission
I will miss Dad. He taught me faith and fun, play and serious stuff. I have many fond memories of moments like when I didn't know what to do with the mentally challenged kid's pestering everyday on my walk home from the school bus, Dad said to tell him, "Cease and desist or you will be the perpetrator of a disastrous incident." He was teaching me humor, compassion and language all at once.
Here on the mission trip I have seen the true power of Church as the group has come around me and my family offering compassion, care, help with any transportation, funds,... in short showing me the love of God in practical ways. Thank you team. It means the world to me. (Some from back-home church have even helped via e-methods. Thank you too.)
Family is the most important part of the reflection as my wife Penny has offered care and my and her behalf to Mom and others. Thank you sweetheart. And family that has encouraged me to stay in mission, or do whatever I need to do. Thank you. Perhaps family most for sharing the foundation together of the love of Jesus in practical and enduring ways that gives us hope and joy even in the face of death.
Dad died today. It's hard and good. It's challenging and easy. It's faith and practical stuff. It's part of life and faith. One thing I know is that his faith in the practical and enduring love of Jesus served him well in life and is lifting him into joy even now. So to you Dad, Thanks and I Love You.