Thursday, January 12, 2012

january 12th, 2012

today is my beloved father in law's 89th birthday.   he is probably
soaring around the Throne with the heavenly angels who escorted
him there early tuesday morning.   i don't know if he will have a
birthday cake but suspect there will be a banquet.

a dear friend told me that his ferocious eyebrows always scared
her.  he could be terrifying, but beneath those brows was a sweet
gentleness for those of us 'meeces' like pixie and dixie.   in the 36
years that i knew and loved him, he was completely encouraging
and loving.

my husband worked beside him for 30 of those years and enjoyed
the most companionable of relationships.  i pray that the Lord will
fill that office space with His own presence now.

my wise daughter exhorted her four uncles to fill those empty
shoes and be the protection and love she had cherished from her
grandfather.   big shoes.  

they will do it.



Sonja said...

I'm so sorry Lea. I've been thinking of you and was wondering how he was doing. Now I know... he couldn't be better! He's rejoicing in the presence of Jesus.

Meanwhile, I pray for all of you, his family, who will miss him so. May God's loving arms wrap you all around and bring His peace.


myletterstoemily said...

thank you, sonja!

Jen said...

My heart goes out to you and your family. My God comfort you all in these days.

rondalahonda said...

He was amazing in every way. Our whole city will miss him so much. I'm thinking of you every minute this week.

Sandy said...

I am sorry for you and your family but rejoice that he is walking and talking with Jesus even now.
May His peace and comfort surround all of you.

Debbie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I pray you find comfort from Him. I rejoice with you all though that he is walking the streets of heaven...

Vee said...

He will be so missed by his wife, his children, all of his family and his community. What a godly heritage his family enjoys. May you each sense the presence of the Lord and His great comfort as you journey along in this grieving season.

Farm Girl said...

I am so sorry Lea, but He is home now. I am sure there was rejoicing. I was thinking of you this morning in the early hours. Thank you for posting because it was this that God laid on my heart.
Prayers are being lifted up.

Beansieleigh said...

So very sorry for your loss, Lea. I pray God's comfort to you, your husband and all your family. ((big hugs)) ~tina

Auntie Cake said...

So sorry for your loss. I pray that your family will feel the comfort of God during this difficult time. And it sounds like he had to have been an amazing man, to have raised such a wonderful man, in your husband.

And hooray for uncles who can't completely fill those big shoes, but will create some new ones!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

So, so heart and prayers go out to all of you. My Uncle arrived before him in heaven on Sunday, yes on my birthday my Uncle got to see the King of your father-in-law.

Blessings to you and your family during this time, a time to rejoice in his life, as well as celebrate his life...and also the ache it leaves in our hearts who remain here on earth.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

My condolences, Lea, to you, your husband and your family. You'll be tucked into prayer as you go through the coming days.

Jenners said...

My condolences on your loss … he sounds like a wonderful man who lived a long and wonderful life. What a gift to be able to work with his son. I'm sure he's in a better place. It is us who are left behind who feel so sad. hugs to you.

Single and Sane said...

What a beautiful tribute, Lea. He was an amazing man, and he invested well in his sons.

I was driving down Utica last night so I took a detour. Even without the Christmas lights, it's a magical place, and I thought about the mark he left on our city, in so many different places, all better because he - along with your mother-in-law - wanted to make them better. I feel fortunate to live in a city that has been truly blessed because they chose to settle here. I imagine he has already heard, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Still praying for all of you, knowing that you are confident that you will be reunited with him one day.


His Song to Sing said...

I'm so sorry for your family's loss. What a lovely tribute to your beloved father-in-law. And, yes, your daughter must be wise like her mother.

Good to hear from you again here in Blogland (though I'm sorry for the occasion that evoked your post). I took an extended break and have missed the connection I feel along with the wisdom I receive from Godly bloggers like you, Lea.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Lea, I felt that family concerns were keeping you from the blogsphere and have been upholding you in my prayers. I am sorry for your loss. May fond feelings and memories give you and your family comfort until the day when you all gather together again.

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

So sorry for your loss, Lea. I hope that the family can pull together and get through this. It's a difficult time, I know.

Southern Lady said...

I am so sorry, Lea. I know you and your family are hurting. I pray that God will give you comfort during this time. Carla

Tamara said...

This is one of those times when words seem so inadequate. You are being hugged.

Susan B said...

I'm so sorry for the loss to your family Lea. I will be praying for you and your husband, and your family. May God bless you, and give you peace.

Liz Sarno said...

Beautiful post! I am sorry about your family's loss. He was a great man!

Packrat said...

Just now saw your post. I'm so sorry.

Rachel said...

Catching up - so sorry to have been behind.

Thankful for the "Old Guard". Setting examples for the new.

What a blessing to have him in your family!