Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spiritual Sunday

I'm just plain sad. 

For a couple weeks now, we've been watching my amazing grandfather prepare for his next adventure. Sometimes leaving for a trip with a one way ticket is hard - even if you're traveling to paradise. 

We are at the point now where we feel just a bit guilty for wanting him to be at rest. But we shouldn't feel guilty. It is a very unselfish thing to be willing to sacrifice our relationship with a beautiful man so that he can live in peace, in eternity, in wholeness. 

The Bible says:

2 Corinthians 5:4-8 (New International Version)

4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
 6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5:4-8 (New Living Translation)

4 While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. 5 God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.

6 So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. 7 For we live by believing and not by seeing. 8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.

I included both translations because I can't decide which I like better. It's not that we WANT to die, but we WANT our new bodies. Sums it up just about perfectly doesn't it? 

Right now I feel like we especially "groan and sigh" watching such an amazing man suffer. Our hope is for him as he leaves us on his new journey. I will miss him. My heart aches. I love him. I'm going to miss him.

I'm so grateful for God's promises. Life is short. I will see him again soon. My prayer for today is that God will give my grandpap Carl peace and comfort during these last days and hours. Will you pray that with me tonight?

Pappap and Hannah Dec. 2005

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Christmas 2006 Hugs from Great Grandpap

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Pappap with Baby Emma

Thank you God for the privilege of knowing such a beautiful man.

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