My Musings – The above picture was taken three years ago today. We had gotten dad into DeKalb County rehab for what we thought would be a short stint to get his strength back. His heart condition had been worsening, but we had no idea how near the end was. He looked pretty good that day, but my dad died from heart failure on September 15th, less than three weeks later. The man who used to carry me on his shoulders, was carried away by the Angels to his reward.
In My Life
There are places I’ll remember
All my life though some have changed.
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain.
All these places had their moments
With [family] and friends I still can recall.
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all.
But of all these friends and [family]
There [are few who] compares with you.
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new.
Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before.
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you [still].
Songwriters: John Lennon, Paul McCartney
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One of my favorite Beatles’ songs. The lyrics move me. “In my life” I can recall many male roles models that have helped shape my life. But Dad, there is no male role model that “compares with you.” We often “stop and think about” you. The void left by your passing can never be filled. Gone, but never forgotten, and we’ll “never lose affection.”
Time has allowed the grief to dull a bit, but not completely. But we do not “grieve like the rest of men who have no hope.” For “according to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:15–18, NIV 1984).
My Advice – We are encouraged by these words. My wish for you is that you share the same hope. If so, be encouraged. If not, you can share in this blessed hope by believing and receiving Jesus Christ as you personal Savior. My series of musings on “The Born Again Experience” (see archives) can show you how.
For an inspiring version of the above song, google “In My Life” by Selah. It will give you chills.