I have spent parts of yesterday and today with a family who is grieving the loss of a husband and father. He was 82 years old and having a few health issues as of late, but the Doctors had figured out that the issue was not cancer, but a hormone problem. He was scheduled to see a specialist on Nov. 12. He didn’t quite make it that far. God took him home. Today I was with the family as they were making the final arrangements and I asked about scripture. The only daughter, only child had enough with figuring the food and the music and gathering the information needed to complete the obituary, she waved at me to decide. I am home going through the standard list of “funeral” scripture, and nothing is speaking to me.
This was a vibrant man, even in his 80’s he looked after the younger women in his life, driving his niece to the Care Center to visit her mother, brining her the paper. A few years back he was traveling with his wife up to 400 miles away to visit his son-in-law in a rehab center where he was and still is recovering from a brain tumor. A veteran, a golfer, a left-handed baseball pitcher in his day. A faithful church member, a card player and a man who liked a “nice” joke. He often had a laugh, but also had a serious side. I will picture him forever with that shrug of his right shoulder saying, “ya its going.” He was a kind, gentle, caring man and we will miss his good common sense at church board meetings and I will miss his smile in the pew. I believe that in honor of his younger years and excellence in athletics I will put together a message from some verses I stumbled on in Isaiah.
Isaiah 40:28-31 and 41:13
40:28. Have you not known, have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable.
29. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.
30. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted;
31. But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
41:13 For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”