|Pop and his siblings - 2012|
One of Pop's brothers is a pastor and he was called upon to speak and to facilitate the funeral service. As the family gathered prior to the service, he called all the men to surround our widowed sister and he prayed over her. The stark reality is that she will most likely need some help and he charged the men in her life as scripture dictates. James 1:27 says "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
Lord willing, Pop's sister will have many years ahead of her to enjoy her children and her grandchildren. God has been and will always be out in front of her. Two of her daughters live near her with most of her grandchildren. One of her sons-in-law is a physician's assistant and provided so much wisdom and love. One of her daughters who lives states away ca me home to spend time with her father...two weeks every two months...and what a blessing that was for all!
Pop blesses me consistently as I hear his prayers for his sister and her family...prayers for good memories, shortened grieving, and the peace that passes all understanding. I cannot imagine surviving the trials of this life without knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior. I cannot fathom the futile thought that this life is all there is.
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope." (1 Thessalonians 4:13)