Monday, August 09, 2010

Saying Goodbye

As many of you know, my father died a couple of weeks ago.  It was the end to a long battle with Parkinson's Disease that became very acute these last five years.  Dad slipped away quietly with my mom and sister in the room.  We remembered his life at a memorial service on Tuesday of last week in Richmond, VA.

I want to thank the many of you that took time to send cards and emails offering your prayers and support.  The Westminster congregation did a wonderful job pastoring its pastor through some difficult days.  It was so encouraging to see old friends after the service in Richmond and to hear stories of dad's life, many of which I had never heard before.

In the hardest times we are sustained by the hope of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and presence of faithful friends and family who help to shoulder the burden and lighten the load.  As I return to work I do it with both a heavy heart and a desire to get on with the work I feel called to do.  I continue to seek your prayers for me and my extended family in the months ahead.  There are still many good memories to ponder and tears to shed. 

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