Today, my husband and I lost a treasure in our lives. Today, my father-in-law passed away.
One of my first memories of him 14 or so years ago is when I caught him doing the unthinkable. I don’t even remember why I had gone upstairs in my boyfriend’s (aka future husband’s) house when I caught my father-in-law out of the corner of my eye, sitting on the side of his bed…reading the Bible.
While the family celebration continued below, he had snuck away upstairs. He had been craving some alone time with his best friend.
He wanted to be with Jesus.
Fourteen or so years ago, this seemed odd to me. Hadn’t he read the Bible already? How could someone want to read it again and again, even to the point of slipping away to read it some more?
Oh, how God can change someone’s heart. I was blessed to have his example in my life over the past years. I pray that you have someone living the example for you in your lives as well.
My father-in-law was a man of faith. He wasn’t one of those showy types, talking the talk without walking the walk. No. He was a believer, doing the best he could to live the life Jesus would have wanted him to live.
This was quietly expressed in a variety of ways, but I specifically recall how often random people would come over to the house for his sage words. Newly engaged couples stood out in my mind especially as they would invite themselves over for wise counsel from a man who clearly knew how to have a healthy, happy, successful marriage. It didn’t matter what day it was or how well he knew the couple. He would always make time.
And now, God has made today my father-in-law’s time.
Today, dear Dad gets his wish. He gets to be with Jesus.
I say goodbye to my children’s grandfather and to my second dad. As of this morning, his journey continues in heaven.
We have lost a treasure. Heaven has gained a faithful son.
I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
John 11:25b-26a NIV
Goodbye, Papacito. You will be missed.
Until we meet again.
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